El Paso boy, 4, clings to life; aunt charged with injury of a child

El Paso News

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — A 4-year-old boy is clinging to life after being left in the care of his aunt.

The boy’s aunt, 31-year-old Jessica Nuñez, was charged with two counts of injury to a child. She was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on May 28 on a $1,005,000 bond.

On a bond reduction hearing is being held on Thursday.

According to detectives with the El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, Nuñez was caring for the boy and his 5-year-old sister on May 22. That same day, El Paso fire and medical services responded to a report of an unconscious child at a residence at the 8800 block of Bob Kennedy Way in the Lower Valley.

Police said the 4-year-old boy was found with multiple life-threatening injuries to include a brain injury, a collapsed lung and lacerated liver. The 5-year-old sister was found with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to an affidavit, the boy’s sister told detectives that Nuñez would “hit her and her sibling with a back scratcher on their ‘butts.'” The detective observed multiple bruises on both of her arms, her face, her right ear and the back of her head.

The 5-year-old girl told police that she received the bruises when her aunt slapped her in the face hard enough that she fell into the door.

The girl also said Nuñez threw a gray trash bin that was outside of the home at her while she was walking away. The trash bin hit her in the back of the head, according to the girl. She said her aunt would hit her with a phone charger on her face and her body and that her aunt would use a stick to hit her when she would misbehave.

In April 2018, Nuñez pleaded guilty to an assault causes bodily injury to a family member. The case was deferred while in the El Paso County 409th District Court.

Nuñez had been charged after police said her spouse hit him with a wooden chair, punched him, threw a rock at him, and came at him with a broken glass beer bottle. A police document says she began yelling at him because he had tried to stop her daughter from running into the street by raising his leg.

The daughter fell and started crying when police say Nuñez began an altercation with her spouse.

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