Child abuse and neglect is a growing epidemic in the United States. It's hard to rationalize, but statistics show a child is abused every 10 seconds and 5 children die each day due to violence and neglect. As heartbreaking as it is these statistics are increasing daily.
Reyes is facing charges of "second degree assault with a firearm, intentional cruelty to persons, risk of injury to a child and third-degree assault with injury."
On Wednesday, Reyes turned himself into police.
According to the Connecticut police department, "the alleged abuse happened at the home of Sirializ Ortero, a nurse at Connecticut Children's Medical Center." Ortero was arrested and charged with "risk of injury to a minor and cruelty to persons" after Connecticut police say she tried cover up the boy's injuries.
A spokesperson for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center said "the hospital was gathering information about the arrest and that they would not make a comment until they have all the facts."
Reyes was arraigned at the Manchester Superior Court and is being held on $100,000 bond.
Learn how to protect your children from abuse by learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is ran by two moms on a mission to end violence towards children.
For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at: http://dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com