Baby suffers 14 broken bones; 2 arrested


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 24 at 5:40 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler police detectives arrested a care provider and her boyfriend on child abuse charges after an infant was found with 14 broken bones.

Angelica Jimenez, 25, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of child abuse and hindering prosecution. Steven Saldana, 30, was booked on three counts of child abuse.

According to police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler, the 4-month-old girl, who had been placed in Jimenez's care by Chld Protective Services, was taken to a local hospital on Aug. 3 after Jimenez discovered she wasn't breathing and was having seizures.

The couple were able to resuscitate the infant at Jimenez's apartment.

After numerous tests, doctors discovered the baby had 14 broken bones in her legs and ribs, a cigarette burn to her left arm, multiple bruises and abrasions.

Jimenez initially told investigators she was alone when the infant stopped breathing. However, detectives learned Saldana, a convicted felon with a long criminal history, was staying at Jimenez's home at the time.

When CPS initially placed the baby in Jimenez's care, she said her boyfriend did not reside with her, according to Tyler.

Investigators said Saldana began abusing the infant on July 31. They said Jimenez never reported the incident to police or CPS and allowed Saldana to return to her home on Aug. 2 where he reportedly continued the abuse.

Detectives arrested Saldana and Jimenez Tuesday in Mesa.

The Chandler Police Department urges everyone to report suspicion of abuse to their local law enforcement agency or to CPS.