Suspect Maintains Innocence In Death Of Donna Baby


A Pharr man has pleaded not guilty to 3 charges in the death of his girlfriend’s baby last fall. 36-year-old Ubence Ruben Hernandez is charged with capital murder of a person under 10 years old, murder, and injury to a child. Hernandez is accused of breaking the 1-year-old boy’s spine due to blunt force trauma at his girlfriend’s home in Donna.

Police began investigating September 22nd last year after they were called to Valley Baptist Micro Hospital in Weslaco. Hernandez was arrested about 2 weeks later.

The charge of capital murder of a person under 10 years old carries the possibility of a death sentence if Hernandez is convicted. He remains jailed on bonds totaling $950,000, as reported by the McAllen Monitor.

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