Arrest affidavit outlines disturbing injuries to child
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:49am
UPDATED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:13pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The arrest affidavit for 27-year-old Jason Walters outlines disturbing injuries to the 23-month-old girl he was supposed to be caring for the night she sustained serious injuries.
Accord to the arrest affidavit, the toddler was being cared for by Walters while the girl's mother was at work from about 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening to 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning. During that time, Walters claimed that the toddler fell from her bed.
However, according to the attending physicians at both Providence, where the girl was initially taken and UMC, the injuries are inconsistent with Walters' account of what happened to the little girl. The little girl was admitted to UMC with a fractured skull, collapsed lung, blood in her urine two swollen and bruised eyes, bruising to the upper portion of her head and a torn rectum with blood present.
The little girl's mother told investigators that she left the toddler and her two other children, ages 9 and 4 in Walters' care while she went to work. The little girl was in good condition when she left her, except for a small scratch below her left eye from the family dog jumping on her.
According to the affidavit, Walters texted the little girl's mother around 2:33 a.m. stating that she had fallen out of the bed, but was okay. Walters sent a second text around 5:00 a.m. stating that he'd been up all night with the girl because she was having bad dreams and crying all night.
The toddler's mother arrived home around 8:20 a.m. and immediately noticed the injuries to the little girl and questioned Walters, who again insisted that she'd just fallen from the bed.
The affidavit also indicates that the other two children who were in the home at the time were interviewed by authorities. The toddler's 9-year-old brother said that he saw Walters holding the girl in his arms while she was crying and that he carried her into his bedroom, but didn't witness any abuse first-hand.
Walters was arrested and charged with Injury to a Child on Sunday. He is still being held at the El Paso County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.