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CPS: Awareness helped stop child abuse of 4-year-old girl

Ray Garcia, 23, charged with injury to a child, serious bodily injury

Child Protective Services say a 4-year-old who was abused in her home was saved by a person who had the awareness enough to contact San Antonio police in time to save her life.

The child is now being treated for life-threatening injuries; her alleged abuser is in jail.

Ray Garcia, 23, is the boyfriend of the woman who lived in the home on the Northeast Side of town that police investigators said is responsible for the abuse. He's been charged with injury to a child, serious bodily injury.

San Antonio police's Special Victims Unit continues to investigate the case to learn if there were more adults involved in the abuse of the child.

A visitor to the area noticed 4-year-old's crippling injuries, including what doctors eventually determined were head trauma, facial fractures, a fractured clavicle, a fractured pelvis, a broken finger, lacerations and multiple abrasions.

Her three other siblings are being evaluated at the Center for Miracles and the Children's Hospital of San Antonio for injuries as well.

CPS Media Specialist Mary Walker said, "We have removed all of the children, the little girl who is still in the hospital, and the three siblings. The 6-year-old, there's a 3-year-old sibling and an 11-month-old. The 11-month-old is believed to be the only biological child of the man arrested."

She said calling police in the event you see a child in danger is the correct action.

"If you feel the child is in immediate danger, the first thing that you should do is call 911, because the police can get there so much faster than we can," Bexar County Investigation Program Director Raquel Garza said. "Then call 1-800-252-5400 to get Child Protective Services involved."

The next step is to investigate who else may have been involved in the abuse, or even aware of it and did nothing. It's possible the child may have been suffering for weeks before the anonymous witness came forward and police arrived to rescue her.

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. The number to call is 1-800-252-5400 if you suspect a child or adult is being abused. You may remain anonymous when you make the call. You may also call 911 for immediate response.

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