Clarissa Gonzalez, 16, and Golden Brown, 17, the Las Cruces, N.M. teenage parents of a 3-month-old baby boy currently in critical condition, will be tried as adults and have each been charged with “intentional child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, conspiracy to commit child abuse, and, tampering with evidence,” according to an August 20 report from KTSM.
Las Cruces Police Department detectives reported that on August 3, the teen parents took their 3-month-old son to the Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room where the couple informed the staff that the baby had fallen out of a chair.
Emergency room doctors observed the child to be suffering from severe trauma with injuries to his leg and head.
The child was subsequently transported to University Medical Center of El Paso for more intensive care.
Detectives learned from medical professionals that the child’s injuries were consistent with child abuse.
Police arrested both Gonzalez and Brown.
During the arrest, Golden Brown attempted to flee but was ultimately apprehended by the Las Cruces police. Because he tried to run, Brown was also charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
Gonzalez and Brown could be sent to prison for a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 30 years if the baby dies.
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