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Chandler man gets prison term in child-abuse case

PHOENIX — A Chandler man has been sentenced to more than two years in
prison in a child-abuse case.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Steven Saldana, 31, was sentenced
Wednesday to a 27-month term.

They said Saldana pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being initially
charged with three counts of child abuse.

Saldana and his girlfriend were arrested last August after a baby she was
caring for was hospitalized with 14 broken bones, multiple bruises and abrasions
plus a cigarette burn.

According to Chandler police, Saldana abused the 4-month-old girl several times while he
was living with Angelica Jimenez, 25.

Police said Jimenez was a friend of the baby’s mother, who had lost custody.

Jimenez was sentenced in March to 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to
child abuse and hindering prosecution.