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Man indicted on charge of scalding 1-year-old

February 25, 2012

STANTON — A Martin County man who allegedly held a 1-year-old under scalding water was indicted by a Martin County grand Jury this week on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child.
Dominick Robert Peña, 24, of 706 N. Gray in Stanton, was indicted on a single charge of injury to a child during the grand jury’s Thursday session.
According to law enforcement reports, officers were called to the Martin County Hospital at approximately 7:10 p.m. Nov. 8 after a Stanton woman brought the child to the emergency room. Statements given by the child’s mother indicate she had left the 1-year-old alone with her boyfriend, Peña, while she had gone to work.
She told officers that while she was at work, she received a phone call from Peña telling her the child had been burned. The child is believed to have suffered second-degree burns over much of his body, caused by scalding-hot water.
According to statements from Martin County Sheriff John Woodward and Stanton Police Chief Fred Shroyer, Peña made a statement to officers shortly after he was brought in for questioning, although neither would discuss the details of the statement..
“The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has assisted with the investigation in various forms throughout,” Woodward said shortly after. “We have his (Peña’s) statement, and it’s pretty straight forward.”
According to Shroyer, officers determined Peña immersed the child in scalding hot water. Shroyer would not confirm if Peña’s alleged actions were intentional or accidental, citing the ongoing investigation.
“The child was airlifted to Lubbock’s University Medical Center Burn Unit with first-degree and second-degree burns to approximately 14 percent of his body,” Shroyer said.
If convicted, Peña could face a sentence of two to 20 years in a TDCJ facility and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Also true-billed by the grand jury were:
• Jerry Don Armstrong, 30, of 3112 S. County Rd. 1206 in Midland, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Charles Elvis Carroll Jr., 25, of 3111 KC 270 in Junction, cruelty to livestock animals (state jail felony).
• Charles Elvis Carroll Sr., 25, of 3111 KC 270 in Junction, cruelty to livestock animals (state jail felony).
• Moises Acosta Barraza, 78, of 538 Westover Rd. Apt. 117, burglary of a building (state jail felony).
• Eric Paul Clark, 44, of 901 Haskell in Wellington, burglary of a building (state jail felony).
• Terry Alan Collins, 40, of 501 E. 17th St., possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Christopher Allen Holguin, 29, of 601 E. Front St. or 3054 County Rd. 1920 in Stanton, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second-degree felony).
• Eleacer Huerta Jr., 31, currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, burglary of a habitation (enhanced first-degree felony), burglary of a building (enhanced second-degree felony) and burglary of a building (enhanced second-degree felony).
• Alex Carrillo Jaquez, 17, of 1108 N. County Rd. 1110 in Midland, theft – more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 (state jail felony).
• Chelcie Joline Larreau-Brown, 19, of 801 Ohio, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Darius LaCharles McCalister, 22. of 1309 Wright, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Raynaldo Maldonado, 25, of 604 E. 10th St. in Coleman, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Angela Ruth Mallone, 40, of 2801 FM 92 South in Woodville, possession of a controlled substance (second-degree felony).
• Jose Luis Olivas, 39, currently in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center, burglary of a habitation (enhanced first-degree felony).
• Alberto Mata Rivas, 53, of 306 N.E. Sixth St., driving while intoxicated (enhanced first-degree felony).
• Jose Navarrete Salgado, 56, of 503 E. School in Stanton, driving while intoxicated (third-degree felony).
• Justonn Khyle Scott, 24, of 1204 Summer Ave. in Odessa, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger (state jail felony).
• Ruben Sistos, 38, of 601 W. St. Michael in Stanton, assault of a family or household member by impeding breathing or circulation (third-degree felony).
• Polito Trevino III, 41, of 903 E. George St. in Stanton, driving while intoxicated (enhanced second-degree felony).
• James Edward Williams, 44, currently in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center, assault on a peace officer (enhanced first-degree felony).
• Alex Jimenez, 31, currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, indecency with a child (second-degree felony) and indecency with a child (second-degree felony).

Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at citydesk@bigspringherald.com

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