Head Injuries And Cocaine Found In Baby Abuse Case

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A Pueblo man has been arrested for allegedly abusing a baby. The child suffered multiple skull fractures, swelling and hemorrhaging.

Just as alarming, doctors also found cocaine in the child’s system. The baby is just eight months old.

Lawrence Tenorio is suspected in the cruelty that reportedly took place at his Pueblo home April 25.

Tenorio turned himself in to police Friday, and has since posted bond and been released from the Pueblo County Jail.

According to court documents, the child’s mom, Andrea Martinez, 20, went to her friend Tenorio’s house with her son for a nap last Wednesday.

When she woke up she found her son laying on a living room sofa. She noticed he didn’t look right and said he was limp when she picked him up.

According to an affidavit, Martinez said the color in her son's face didn't look right, and "his eyes were rolling back into his head."

She wanted to take the child to a hospital but Tenorio disagreed, and kept insisting that the boy was “okay.”

The mother took her child to a Pueblo hospital by herself. An ER nurse reported three skull fractures.

Arrest papers say that Tenorio told her during a phone conversation after the incident that he was trying to get the boy to “walk alongside the couch in the living room" when his dogs knocked him down.

Tenorio was contacted by a detective, then police executed a search warrant in regards to Child Abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

An officer asked Tenorio if he was willing to meet police. Court papers say that Tenorio was afraid he would be arrested, so was reluctant to come to the house.

Police say that Tenorio did not give an answer when asked why he was afraid of being arrested if he didn’t go anything wrong.

The 34-year-old told police that Martinez was sleeping with the boy in the bedroom and he was on the couch. He went into the bedroom and the boy was crying. He tried to wake Martinez up, but was unsuccessful.

He says he took the boy to the front room, and put him on the floor with some toys and a bottle. Then Tenorio laid the child on the couch on a blue sleeping bag.

When Martinez woke up, Tenorio told her the baby looked like he was sleeping and made the comment that “anything can happen from there." He told police the baby was not crying.

Tenorio told police he was “scared and didn’t know what was going on,” and that he wanted to get a lawyer and arrange bail before he would turn himself in.

Later Tenorio told police that when he heard the baby crying he couldn’t wake the mother up, so he made the baby a bottle and changed his diaper. He said that the child was “fine when this happened.”

Arrest papers say a friend stopped by the house to bring Tenorio lunch. She told police that Tenorio acted sleepy as he answered the door, and that the baby in her opinion “looked peaceful.”

A neurologist at the Denver hospital told police that the boy had skeletal fractures on the back of his head, multiple fracture fragments, and had internal head hemorrhaging and swelling.

The mother did fill out a serious bodily injury form.

Doctors there said the boy’s condition was unchanged after 48 hours and that “toxicology tested positive for cocaine.”

The doctor said because of the head fractures the onset of symptoms “would likely be at the time of the injury.” The doctor also said that “non-accidental injury could not be ruled out” because there was no explanation for these types of injury.

11 News is working to get an update on the boy’s condition.

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