LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two people have been indicted, charged with criminal neglect of a child after a toddler was found with burns, broken bones, and bleeding in her brain back in August 2016.
The mother, 23-year-old Sabrina Zerrata and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Maximillian Saenz, have been charged with criminal neglect of a child for failing to provide adequate medical care for her 19-month-old child, and by failing to take the child to the emergency room at an appropriate time.
The arrest warrant states Zerrata took her child to the emergency room in August 2016, days after her child received a brain injury. At the emergency room, nurses noticed the child had a broken arm, broken hands, a broken foot, healed cigarette burns, bruises all over her body, a scraped chin and a brain bleed. The blanket the child was wrapped in also had cigarette burns on it.
The warrant says the child fell and her head "felt squishy" to Zerrata after the fall. A few days later, after the child had been vomiting every four or five hours, she brought the child to the emergency room.
According to the warrant, Sabrina Zerrata and her children were living with Maximillian Saenz. The warrant says on Aug. 7, 2016, more than 20 days before the child was taken to the hospital, the child fell and hit her head on the concrete. According to Zerrata's statement to the police, she wanted to take her child to the hospital, but Saenz told her he looked it up on his phone and she would heal fine, and to wait until the bruises healed before she took her to the doctor.
She told police she noticed her child's foot was swollen before the 7th, but did not see what caused the injury. She told police she could not take it anymore and knew that her daughter needed help.
Saenz told police the child had a "pretty bad" fall on the trampoline that he did not see happen. He said after the fall, he tried to give the child some Pedialyte because she was throwing up. During his interview, the warrant says he guesses his dog knocked her over. But then he told police Zerrata told him the child fell off the trampoline because the child did not zip up the screen all the way, and she got her foot caught in the springs.
He then told police Zerrata would spank the kids and would have bruises. He said Zerrata was trying to save herself.
Zerrata told police Saenz called the child's grandparent and apologized for the accident on the trampoline.