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Child Murderer Convicted by Sacramento Jury

District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that Thomas Jerome Martin was convicted by a jury for the murder of a 3 year-old girl. Martin was also convicted of assaulting the child, causing her death, as well as selling marijuana.

Martin was the live-in boyfriend of the girl’s mother, Mia Holmes. Holmes often left the child in Martin’s care when she was away from the residence. Martin was responsible for taking care of the little girl, including feeding her and transporting her to and from day care.

At times, Martin got angry with her and over a period of time inflicted numerous injuries, including broken ribs.

Both Martin and Holmes hid the girl’s injuries from everyone, including her teachers, doctors and a CPS caseworker. In February 2008 after Martin assaulted the girl for the last time, she died in her home.

It was only then that Martin sought medical attention for her, but it was too late and emergency room personnel could not revive her. An autopsy revealed a multitude of life-threatening internal injuries, contusions to her brain and several broken ribs, some of which were in the healing stages.

Immediately after the murder, the girl’s six year-old brother was removed from the home and told authorities about Martin’s abuse. Other witnesses to the abuse eventually came forward during the investigation by sheriff’s child abuse detectives.

Martin faces 25 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for August 19, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 26 in front of the Honorable Michael Savage.

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