TROY – A 20-year-old woman and her unidentified boyfriend were arrested today in Holyoke, Mass. on child abuse allegations involving the woman’s two children, ages 2 and 4.
One child had reportedly been burned with cigarettes and the other’s eyes were swollen from the abuse, according to police spokesman Sgt. Terry Buchanan.
Maria Diaz was arrested and charged with one count of filing a false police report and two counts of child endangerment after she allegedly misled police about where the child abuse took place and the location of her boyfriend, who will be charged with assault against the children.
The man was arrested by Holyoke Police officers on unrelated charges and was held there. Diaz is currently being held in Rensselaer County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Diaz brought her children to St. Mary’s Hospital early last week for their injuries, but it took police time to determine the location of her boyfriend after Diaz reportedly misled police into believing the abuse took place in Holyoke and her boyfriend was currently in Troy.
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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