UPDATE: Couple Charged with Abusing 1-year-old

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:51pm

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.- According to Las Cruces Police, the hospital says the child has two broken arms, and signs of cigarette burns, strangulation, and numerous thumbtack picks. The charges of the two adults involved have been upgraded to one count each of intention child abuse. 

LAS CRUCES- A 1-year-old boy with a broken arm and several other injuries is in an area hospital while his mother and her boyfriend are charged with child abuse.

Sierra Nicole Salas, 20, and Nicholas John Medina, 19, both of 2241 Entrada Del Sol, are charged with one count each of negligent child abuse.

Salas’ 1-year-old son, Riley, has a fractured arm, an infected wound on his upper lip and significant bruising to his face, neck, abdomen and feet. Las Cruces Police learned that Salas was unable to offer a reasonable explanation for her son’s injuries.

On Tuesday evening Las Cruces Police were called to Mountain View Regional Medical Center after hospital staff examined the boy and found his injuries to be indicative of abuse. LCPD detectives interviewed Salas and Medina and received conflicting statements from the couple.

Salas told detectives that on Tuesday, Nov. 29, she took her son to the hospital after suspecting that his right arm might be broken. X-rays confirmed the fracture and medical staff also discovered blisters on the boy’s feet and other bruising about his face and neck. Salas claimed that she would wake up every day and find Riley with new injuries.

In attempting to explain Riley’s split lip, Salas initially told detectives that he fell to the floor on Thanksgiving Day. Later, Salas told investigators that the injury occurred a few days prior to Thanksgiving. Detectives also were told that on Thanksgiving evening, while driving back to their apartment, Medina became irritated with Riley crying so he stopped the car, pulled the child from his seat and bit him on the cheek.

Medina told detectives that the only injuries to Riley that he knew about were the split lip and a slight bruise to his cheek.

Riley is continuing to receive treatment at an area hospital. Salas and Medina are being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with cash-only bonds set at $75,000 each.

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I pray that this child, Riley, is never returned to these animals because they will end up killing him as sure as I'm sitting here. It's happend so many times. God bless and watch over little Riley.

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