Couple indicted for child abuse

December 24, 2011 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces couple faces child abuse charges after doctors found various injuries on a 1-year-old-boy.

The Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) reports Sierra Nicole Salas and her [auth] boyfriend, Nick Medina, both 20, were indicted Thursday by a Dona Ana County grand jury.

Medina was charged with seven counts of intentional child abuse and Salas with six counts of intentional child abuse and three counts of negligent child abuse allegedly inflicted between Oct. 3 and Nov. 29 when the child was brought to the hospital.

Authorities say doctors discovered thumbtack punctures to the boy’s hands, feet, arms and sides along with a freshly broken right arm and a broken left arm that had already begun healing when doctors discovered it.

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