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May 14, 2011 7:02 PM by Matt Stafford

One year since girl's body found in Monument home

Neighbors say it was awful what happened at the home on Century Place last year, and they're trying to move on. It's still hard for them to imagine what they heard from the crime scene one year ago, on May 14th.

"I will not sleep at all, because it keeps re-going through my mind. Who could it have been? How old was the baby? Do I know the baby?" said neighbor Luree Brown at the scene on May 14th, 2010.

A lot went unknown for a couple of months. Eventually the body was identified as seven-year-old Genesis Sims in July. El Paso County investigators said they were looking for Sims' father -- Hanif Sims and his girlfriend, Monique Lynch. They were the last known people to be caring for Genesis.

After a countrywide-search, Sims and Lynch were eventually found in a Henderson, Nevada hotel room.

"We contacted the Henderson Police Department and they used their tactical unit to make entry on the room that they were staying," said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa on July 7th, 2010.

Sims and Lynch were extradited back to El Paso County by the end of July. Their charges have changed -- originally both were facing child abuse resulting in death charges together. Eventually their trials were separated in January of this year.

Lynch's charges were upgraded to first-degree murder, but in May she agreed to a plea deal for a lesser charge -- in exchange for testimony against Sims. Lynch pled guilty to child abuse resulting in death. She's now waiting on her sentencing June 30th where she faces ten to 32 years in prison.

In Sims' preliminary hearing May 10th, Judge David Miller ruled that there is enough evidence to charge Sims with first-degree murder, along with felony child abuse charges. His trial is scheduled to begin May 31st.

 

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