SAN ANTONIO - April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, but child abuse cases are all too common this month in San Antonio.
In just the past week, we've seen two horrific cases of child abuse.
Friday, a 14-month-old baby girl died afteri being on life support at University Hospital after police said her 22-year-old father Javiele Frias Jr. abused her.
Frias Jr. was arrested and charged with injury to a child. He may now be facing murder charges.
Police said Frias Jr. called them to his home on the 1700 block of Pleasanton Road and when they arrived found a 14-month-old baby clinging to life.
Initially Frias Jr. told police that the baby had fallen off the bed.
"The injuries that the child had were not consistent with falling off the bed, so they brought him down to question him, he confessed that he had actually picked up the child by her legs and swung her around the room and shaken him," SAPD Sgt. Jesse Salame said.
In a separate case of abuse, Wednesday night two women were arrested and charged with capital murder of a two-year-old girl.
One of the women is the toddler's biological mother. Police said the women took the injured girl to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
They say the victim had both fresh and old injuries,
"Our detectives went out to the residence and searched the apartment and they found other evidence there, blood on the walls, some impression marks on the wall, it looked like somebody had been pushed into the wall along with blood and clumps of hair," Salame said.
They said both women admitted they knew abuse was going on, but denied either of them were the culprits.
"There's nothing a child that age could ever do to push someone to the point where they put them in the hospital with traumatic brain injuries, where they put them in the morgue because they killed them it's simply unacceptable," Salame said.
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