RPD arrests, charges child abuse suspect

February 11, 2011 • Local News

Roswell Police Department arrested Matthew Orona, 23, on charges of child abuse with great bodily harm, Wednesday evening. Doctors from Roswell Regional Hospital emergency department alerted RPD after the examination of a 1-year -old infant revealed that the severity of the injuries were not [auth] consistent with the story the mother told about how the injuries occurred.

Officer Travis Holley, RPD spokesman, said the child’s injuries included a broken arm, but declined to reveal the full extent of the injuries. During the investigation, officers discovered that the injuries occurred sometime around noon, but the infant was not brought into the emergency room for treatment until 5 p.m. Holley said that Orona was the mother’s boyfriend, but not the child’s father.

Orona was booked around 9 p.m. and taken to Chaves County Detention Center where he is being held on a $50,000 cash surety bond. Child abuse with great bodily harm is a firstdegree felony, Holley said. If convicted, Orona faces up to 18 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

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