Valley father arrested for breaking infant's bones; mother speaksPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A Valley father was arrested this week and charged with child abuse.
Andrew Salazar was arrested for allegedly shaking his 2-month-old baby boy, breaking several bones.
“I don't know if I can trust people that much anymore. I was with (Salazar) for almost eight years,” said Amorette Molina, the baby’s mother.
The 22-year-old woman told 3TV that Salazar promised to watch baby Aiden while she was at work two weeks ago.
When Molina returned from work, she said the baby seemed fine. But after a couple days of fussy behavior, she told Salazar she was taking Aiden to the doctor.
“He told me not to. He kept asking me not to. It was basically begging,” Molina said.
The doctor instantly recognized several broken ribs, a broken leg and a broken arm. Doctors called Child Protective Services and police.
“I was thinking that I was a bad mom, that I wasn't there to protect my baby like I should have been,” Molina said. “But when you're the only one working, who is going to put the food on the table, right?”
Cops arrested Salazar, and Maricopa County deputies said he admitted to shaking the child out of frustration when baby Aiden wouldn't stop crying.
Molina told 3TV that the courts have taken away her baby and other three children pending an investigation by child welfare workers.
“Emotionally, I’m broken,” she said. “I'm going through depression. It might not seem like it but my insides are like, I'm tearing up.”
Salazar remains behind bars on a $250,000 bond.