A DeKalb County man was sentenced to life in prison for raping and sodomizing an 8-month-old family member in December 2014, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.

Jose Ambrocio Duarte pled guilty Nov. 10 in DeKalb County Superior Court to rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated battery, incest and cruelty to children in the first degree. Judge Sondeana Morris sentenced him to three life sentences to run concurrent, states a press release.

According to the DA’s office, Duarte was babysitting the 8-month-old and several other children in December 2014 when the parents came home and found the infant lethargic and covered in her own vomit. The baby also had blood in her diaper, according to the release.

Brookhaven police were called to the scene and officers said they found Duarte with blood on his hands and that he later confessed to raping and sodomizing the baby in a bedroom while her siblings were in another room, according to the DA’s office. Their swift action led to the conviction, according to DeKalb DA Robert James.

“Officers did a phenomenal job of collecting and preserving the evidence,” James said of the Brookhaven Police Department in a statement. “Because of their efforts, we were able to secure crucial DNA evidence that conclusively tied the defendant to these crimes.”

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.