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UPDATED: Ex-boyfriend sentenced to 20 years in death of 1-year-old

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The ex-boyfriend of Madison Rodriguez was sentenced to 20 years in the death of Rodriguez's one-year-old son after pleading guilty to injury to a child Monday morning.

"He was charged with injury to a child and then neglecting, having a duty to seek medical attention and not doing so. And so, given what our evidence in the case was, and his culpability, we felt that the 20 years was a fair sentence," Prosecutor Courtney Boyd said.

Rodriguez was 18-years-old when she was charged with capital murder in 2015, alongside ex-boyfriend Charles Flournoy. He was indicted on a charge of injury to a child after Rodriguez’ 1-year-old son, Mason Rodriguez, died.

His defense lawyer Jeff Nicholson, who came on the case in December 2019, says the punishment was fair.

"I can't condone the actions of anyone in any case or circumstance when a child is injured, especially when it's injured like this. but we have to have a way to rectify that, and a way to prevent that from happening, hopefully, and it has to be something that can be criminally pursued."

Rodriguez was found guilty of aggravated assault in February and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Officers found the child not breathing near east 25th and Redbud in June of 2015. According to her arrest warrant, Rodriquez told investigators she was holding the baby while arguing with her boyfriend, Charles Flournoy.

She said she threw the child onto a concrete floor causing him to strike his head and, according to his autopsy report, the infant suffered a 2-inch skull fracture, that ultimately caused his death.

Flournoy was out on bond for charges related to the case, but was arrested twice in late 2019 for domestic assault and public intoxication, and again last week on a different aggravated assault charge.

As part of the plea deal with the state, they have all been dismissed.

"There's never a good outcome when someone like Mason Rodriguez has passed away," Boyd said. "However I feel like our community can move on now that the 20-year and 50-year sentence have been dealt out."

Both cases may be wrapped up but both sides are warning that this case is not unique, and child abuse continues to be a problem, especially with younger parents.

Now, with more families staying home, it's only expected to get worse.

"It's not just a Lubbock problem, and it's not just a Texas problem. It's practically a nation and a world-wide problem. There are a lot of kids that are young when they have children. And they just don't have a level of maturity on what to do or how to handle them when there is a problem," Nicholson said.

"Right now especially with kiddos being home we want everyone to be safe," Boyd added.

Both Flournoy and Rodriguez will be eligible for parole after serving half their sentences.

 

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