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SAN ANTONIO -- A young couple faces questioning by police after bringing a 4-year-old girl to the Christus Santa Rosa emergency room Monday night.

Police said Melanie Garcia, 20, and her boyfriend Matthew Carrillo, 23, brought Garcia's daughter to the hospital for treatment of injuries to the child when staff members noticed the injuries looked like they resulted from child abuse.

The abuse, which caused head injuries, bruising and possible cigarette burns, is believed to have taken place in the 300 block of Laverne Avenue, police said.

Due to the severe nature of the injuries, officials airlifted the girl to University Hospital where she remains in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Authorities booked Garcia and Carrillo on charges of assault and serious bodily injury to a child, but they could become much more severe depending upon the child's condition. Charges like manslaughter or even murder.

The child's currently in critical condition but any changes in her condition for the worse could definitely lead to an upgrade in charges or additional charges, Sgt. Javier Salazar said.

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