A South Carolina man and woman are accused of child abuse after a 5-month-old baby was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.
Celeste Paula Marroquin, 20, and Ricardo Perez Salas, 23, have been charged after the baby was taken to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, with severe oral trauma on June 13.
According to WSPA, Marroquin has been charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child and is being held on $20,000 bond. Salas has been charged with child abuse and unlawful neglect of a child, with no bond.
During an investigation into the incident, deputies discovered that Salas had put his finger down the infant’s throat for an extended period of time while the baby was crying, causing severe damage.
Salas was in a home with the child, despite an order from the Department of Social Services which prohibits him from having contact with the child.
According to WHNS, Salas and Marroquin are accused of attempting to cover up the infant’s injuries by avoiding seeking medical attention for several days.
The infant had to undergo emergency surgery following the incident and is currently on a ventilator, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Readers shared their thoughts on the story on the Mad World News Facebook page.
“What is wrong with people? The news gets worse everyday and the horrific crimes always seem to involve some sadistic coward and an innocent child!” one reader commented. “What is wrong with a woman who needs a man in her life so desperately even when it means putting her child in danger with an abusive punk like this? Wish they could both get life in prison! Hopefully this baby survives and gets a loving home. These 2 should be sterilized!”
“This infant can’t fight for it’s life, but these morons do this to this baby how disgusting and pathetic are you both.Sterilize both of them never again to have children, how could any women allow this to happen to your infant,” another user commented. “Women need to learn to stand up for your children not allowing men to control them all, if you can’t support your children and allow this to happen it’s far to late to change things you need to see thru these men.I have NO empathy for these type of men it’s all about them not the children or their wife or girlfriend what ever.Hopefully this baby recovers and taken away from both of them and adopted out and could bring joy to a couple that would love a baby and have a loving home please God allow this to happen..”
Sources: WSPA, WHNS, Mad World News/Facebook / Photo Credit: Keith Allison/Flickr