Head Injuries And Cocaine Found In Baby Abuse Case

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

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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  • by Kevin Location: Colorado Springs jk on May 4, 2012 at 01:24 AM
    After hearing Tenerio's story and seeing how the children react to him and he to them, I must say that his story and words, it has the ring of truth to me. Innocent? Until proven guilty. Possibly really innocent? It's possible. A full investigation of him and the mother needs to be done and the facts known before we pass judgment. My gut is telling me not guilty. Guts are not always right but I've learned to listen to mine.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    It seems people are choosing sides without the whole story when the only side we all need to be on is the baby's what will happen to the baby now lets be real this is a result of negligence on the mothers part who ,what ,when , where,and most of all WHY!
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    It seems people are choosing sides without the whole story when the only side we all need to be on is the baby's what will happen to the baby now lets be real this is a result of negligence on the mothers part who ,what ,when , where,and most of all WHY!
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    any attorney will tell you there are to many loop holes and unanswered questions in this case this investigation is not thorough enough to convict anyone .did they drug test the mother or the accused get it together people this baby needs justice
  • by child protection FAIL on May 3, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    Is it true that Social Services harass the people who truly want and take care of a child because that's easy......while looking the other way on these nasty, hostile, and dangerous people who abuse children because it's hard and unpleasant?
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to child protection FAIL
      I hope it's not true, but it seems a number of little ones fall through the cracks. I pray for a complete recovery of this little boy, and that he be placed in a loving, safe home.
  • by God,Judge & Jurors on May 3, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    The Accused does not stand a fair trial because you have already hung him,how sad...there is always 2 sides to any story.My heart goes out to this baby,for whatever happened to it,but still.... This mother of the child should not have gotten the baby back,until proper investigation was done. She is also guilty in my eyes,or possibly the guilty one!!!
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 06:20 AM in reply to God,Judge & Jurors
      She's guilty for taking a nap?! Are you serious? That's such b.s. She's complying all the way, if she was guilty why would she be so quick to follow through with everything? It's not always the mothers fault, and if it happened in pueblo it probably was the guy. Bunch of sick freaks down there.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:24 AM in reply to
        13 hour nap
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:35 AM in reply to
        no she's guilty of being a drug addicted mother leaving her baby with people she don't know to get high and have a good time, wait she use to do that with her 8 month old, why you think coke was in the babies system! How is it that a mom gets felony charges for taking her daughter tanning but this so called mom is out when drugs were found in her babies system
  • by idiots judging people Location: Pueblo on May 3, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    This goes out to all that want to judge "the accused party". I have been following this story from the beginning. This so called "MoM of this child" is wiping her hands of what she has done,she is a known drug addict,here in Pueblo...meth,pills,whatever she can get her hands on.She has pawned this beautiful child off to druggies or anyone she can,so she can go get her "high on"! She knows what happened!!..Prior to going to the "accused" home!!
  • by so sad on May 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM
    I want to know how can a child be abuse like that? and the abuser can just walk in and out of jail like no big dill...so so sad
  • by OMG! on May 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM
    I hope the mother and father lose all parental rights. This poor baby! He will never be the same, and all because he was abused by the very people who were supposed to love and care for him... So sad!
  • by jerk on May 2, 2012 at 09:47 PM
    Why would a low life adult waste cocaine on a baby, when he could snort it all to himself? Oh! He got his blow and the baby formula mixed up!
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