Man Gets 15 Years For Infecting Son With HIV
A Grand Junction man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for infecting his son with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Prosecutors say 34-year-old X had not disclosed his infection to his fiancee. During sentencing Friday, X apologized to the woman and his 1-year-old son.
In a plea agreement, X pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.
X’s fiancee had tested negative for HIV two months into her pregnancy.
Doctors later discovered that both the woman and X’s son were infected with HIV when the boy, who was significantly underweight, came down with pneumonia when he was 4 months old.
Two other women have told authorities they had sex with X after he had met his son’s mother.
GJ man accused of passing HIV to son appears in court
The Grand Junction man accused of knowingly infecting his fiancee with HIV and then passing the virus onto their newborn son appeared in court this morning to be formally charged.
33-year-old X is being charged with child abuse resulting in serious injury, a class three felony. No charges have been filed in regards to the mother of the newborn.
“We had to prove he knew he had it… withheld it and caused the child in this case to suffer consequences because of it,” Deputy District Attorney Tammy Eret said.
During the pregnancy the couple continued to have unprotected sex, and according to X, he knew the whole time he was HIV positive. According to statements, she contracted the disease between conception and the birth. According to court documents, when the baby was four months he became so sick he was transported to Denver’s Children’s Hospital where he almost died. That’s where they found out the baby and the mother was infected with HIV.
“He was crashing pretty hard… that’s why they had to life flight him out,” Eret said.
The DA’s Office considered X’s fiancee a victim, but she says she’s not. She made an emotional plea in court to lift a restraining order against X.
“I don’t feel like I’m in harms way, I have his child at home,” she told the judge. “I would like to continue to tell him what’s going on.”
In Colorado there are no HIV notification laws. They are considering this a landmark case in Mesa County. He’s only being charged with child abuse because, if doctors would have known, treatment for the baby would have been different.
X is currently being held at the Mesa County Jail on a 100-thousand dollar bond. His next court date is on January 29th where he’s expected to ask for a bond reduction.
HIV-positive man accused of infecting fiancee, newborn
A Grand Junction man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony child abuse for infecting his fiancee and their newborn child with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, without ever disclosing that he was infected.
X, 33, who has a lengthy rap sheet in Colorado that includes an 11-year stint in prison, never told anyone he was HIV-positive, said Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.
“There’s definitely no question the baby suffered serious bodily injury,” Hautzinger said. “I have never seen anything like it before.”
Hautzinger said the baby’s mother revealed in open court Monday during X’s advisement of charges that X never told her that he was a carrier of the virus. Skov is in custody at Mesa County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He also faces a felony charge of violating conditions of his parole.
According to an arrest affidavit, X’s fiancee became pregnant in January 2007. The allegations came to light after the baby was 4 months old and became so ill he was taken by helicopter to a Denver hospital. While in her first trimester of pregnancy, the baby’s mother tested negative for HIV, but the mother likely contracted the virus sometime between conception and the baby’s birth, the affidavit said.
Had X disclosed his condition to medical personnel, the baby could have been born by Cesarean section, decreasing the likelihood the child would become HIV-positive, doctors have said, according to Hautzinger.
Hautzinger also said charges were still possible against the baby’s mother, who has voiced opposition to the district attorney’s office filing charges against X.
X was sentenced to prison in 1995 on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree assault and aggravated robbery, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Also included on X’s long list of arrests around the state are charges including second-degree homicide, larceny, first-degree burglary and driving under the influence of alcohol, which date back to 1993, according to CBI records.