03-22-2006, 02:22 PM #1Registered User
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Bay Area Infant Severely Injured, Nanny Arrested
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. A nanny was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after the two-month-old boy she was watching suffered multiple skull fractures and a massive brain hemorrhage, prosecutors said.
Minerva Rojas-Martinez, 28, of East Palo Alto was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court. She was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, authorities said.
The baby boy remained in the intensive care unit at the UCSF Medical Center on Tuesday and his parents were told he may lose sight in one eye and suffer long-term motor skills impairment, said prosecutor Peter Lynch.
The boy's parents have been at his bedside since he was hospitalized but have declined to comment, authorities said.
Rojas-Martinez called 911 last Thursday to report that the baby was injured rolling off a couch in his Redwood Shores home, but emergency workers became suspicious because the injuries were so severe, said Redwood City Police Sgt. Sean Hart.
Rojas-Martinez was arrested a day later and allegedly admitted in a two-hour interview she shook the baby, Hart said.
"Initially she said that the baby fell, which wasn't believable," Hart said. "She (subsequently) admitted the injuries were inflicted intentionally."
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