Two arrested after hospitalization of 3-year-old boy with leg fractures, skull contusion

The boy’s mother and her boyfriend have been charged with grievous bodily harm.

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County authorities say a young man and woman have been arrested in connection with what investigators say was an apparent round of abuse of the 3-year-old son of the woman who led the child to undergo surgery to a surgery.

Justin David Garcia, 25, and Brandy Nicole Laurel, 24, have been charged with grievous bodily harm to a child, culminating in an investigation that began in early May when deputies were notified of the boy’s arrival at a local hospital with “several head injuries”. and in the face,” according to Sheriff Javier Salazar. According to him, the boy had previously been taken to the hospital in April.

“We’re not talking about minor injuries,” Salazar said, adding that the ailments were in various stages of healing, a sign of potential for repeated abuse.

From May 3 onwards, Child Protective Services (CPS) allowed the boy to stay with other relatives while visits from his mother and boyfriend were supervised. But on May 21, Salazar said, the boy was taken to a hospital in Dimmit County by his mother and her boyfriend, where medical personnel found he had four leg fractures.

“At this point,” the sheriff added, “the child was unable to walk and had bruises on the top of his skull.”

Authorities say those injuries may have been the result of a forced grappling move intended to cause “excruciating pain”.

The child, to avoid losing the use of his legs, had to undergo surgery and remains hospitalized, according to Salazar.

“It’s infuriating,” she continued. “If you don’t want the baby, put it up for adoption. Give it to someone who wants it. Think of how many dozens, hundreds of families who are unable to have children who would absolutely give this child a loving home. Instead, you have these two animals that treat it like dirt.

Salazar says Lauren and Garcia will also likely face charges in Dimmit County. Charges are also possible for family members who were supposed to take care of the boy when they handed him over to his attackers.

It is unclear who will take care of the baby once he is released from hospital.


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