Man Sentenced 20 Years in Death of Toddler

A northeast Alabama man was sentenced to a prison term of 20 years for the 2017 death of a toddler. That sentence was handed down in DeKalb County Circuit Court Monday (March 9th, 2020), in the wake of 26 year old Noe Mateo entering a guilty plea to a charge of felony Murder in connection with the death of 19 month old Juan Francisco-Juan.

Mateo, who was a relative of the child, lived with the family in Crossville, and often babysat while the infant’s mother was at work.

The child died as the result of blunt force trauma.  Mateo’s 20 year sentence on the murder charge will run concurrently with a three year sentence for witness intimidation.