Pinoy faces child abuse raps for punching, rupturing 3-year-old’s bowel
A 27-year-old Filipino is currently booked at the Clark County Detention Center facing 2 charges of child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm.
According to a 3-page arrest report obtained by Balitang America from the justice court, the incident occurred on February 21st of this year, when an unconscious 3-year-old child arrived at a local hospital with her mother.
Hospital staff initiated life-saving measures, so the 3-year-old would be revived.
Las Vegas Metro Police responded to the hospital’s incident report. The report says that the mother of the victim told police that a babysitter was a neighbor by the name of “Mau.”
But after being taken into custody, the mother of the victim told police that she was untruthful of her statement, and that her boyfriend, Mauricio Paras, is the babysitter of her 2 children.
Paras confessed to police that he was indeed babysitting the victim and her older sibling, and admitted that he punched the 3-year-old victim 5 times on her stomach because she defecated and made a mess while eating.
When police asked why he didn’t call 911, Paras said that he knew he would go to jail if he did.
Fil-Am criminal defense attorney Cesar Almase said that abuse and neglect can occur in families where there is a great deal of stress. The stress can result from a family history of violence, drug or alcohol abuse, poverty, and chronic health problems.
“The way it’s charged, it looks like they made alternate theories that the state, the prosecution is saying that it’s either gonna be a one-to-six variety, where he faces a minimum sentence of one year to six years or if they can prove substantial bodily harm — which again at first blush, it looks like that they certainly have substantial bodily harm here. Then he’s facing 2 to 20 years in prison,” Almase said.
The attending physician of the victim reported that the 3-year-old suffered from a perforated hollow viscus injury, a non-accidental trauma with a ruptured small intestine.
Fil-Am gastroenterologist Noel Fajardo explained the impact a ruptured bowel could have if surgery wasn’t performed immediately.
“Small intestine is where the injury was…You can die from an injury into the bowels, whether it’s the small bowel or large bowel,” he said.
Paras is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 17 of this year.