Man accused of beating infant son asks judge to drop charges

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The Albuquerque man accused of nearly beating his infant son to death earlier this year is asking a judge to go easy on him.

He wants some of his charges dropped, and for the first time, the little boy’s mom is speaking out about what happened.

Back in March, Albuquerque Police say Evan Ritchey admitted to beating his infant son nearly to death.

The baby’s injuries included rib and skull fractures. Lynea Haury, the boy’s mom, says it was the worst day of her life.

“Evan never told me anything. He handed me Hagen and it took me realizing something was wrong, and asking what had happened and lied and said something like he squished him,” she said.

Ritchey has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of child abuse.

“The one person, aside from myself, that was supposed to protect him the most, treated him like an enemy in combat,” she said.

Now, Ritchey is asking a judge to drop eight of those charges.

In a motion, Ritchey’s attorney claims it’s double jeopardy to break up the series of acts that occurred in one incident into separate charges.

Haury can’t believe Ritchey would have the audacity to ask for something like this.

“Only someone capable of doing that, to begin with, would be thinking they could get away with one charge,” she said.

It’s not the first time Ritchey has asked for a break.

Back in June, he asked for permission to go to a motocross event in Espanola for the weekend, claiming he would be doing community service with his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.

Judge Cindy Leos granted that request.

Haury hopes this time around, the judge won’t side with him.

“I genuinely wonder if he thinks he even did anything wrong,” she said.

Haury says her son has made a lot of progress but he’s still not out of the woods.

He will continue to see neurologists to determine if the abuse caused any permanent brain damage.

A judge is slated to make a decision on Ritchey’s request next week.

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