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Woman accused of failing to get help for baby with fractured skull

BCSO: 11-month-old had 'obvious injuries'

SAN ANTONIO – Maria Martinez, 29, is facing criminal charges for what Bexar County sheriff's investigators said she did not do--specifically, get medical help for her injured baby.

An arrest warrant affidavit said that investigators noted that the 11-month-old had "obvious injuries" when they were called in Wednesday to assist Child Protective Services with the case.

They said doctors determined the baby had suffered a skull fracture that extended from the left temple, across the back of the head to just above the eye socket on the right side. The affidavit stated that the injury appeared to be the result of a violent impact.

Doctors also said the baby had a broken upper left arm that was noticeably swollen.

The affidavit said that Martinez told investigators her child had fallen twice within a two-week period, and that she had noticed swelling on the child's arm and bruising around the eye socket afterward.  She said she also noticed tenderness around the back of the baby's head, and that her child had been crying for several days after apparently suffering the skull fracture, the affidavit stated.

Investigators said she admitted, however, that she did not seek medical attention for the child in either instance.

Martinez was arrested Wednesday on a charge of injury to a child by omission.


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