By Samantha Jordan - email
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Smith County authorities say a Tyler man has been arrested and charged with one felony count of injury to a child after fracturing his two-month-old daughter's skull.
Early Sunday morning, investigators say Saul Lino-Porcayo was taking care of his two-month-old baby girl and four other children while his wife Christina was at work.
"I can tell you that the residence is not fit for any child to live in, it is very unkept and very unsafe," said Lt. Tony Dana, with the Smith County Sheriff's Department.
Lt. Dana says Porcayo originally claimed he heard the two-month-old crying, and when he went to check on her he found another child jumping on the girl. Porcayo told authorities he took the baby from the crib and tripped while carrying her, dropping the infant.
"She was later transported to Children's Medical Center in Dallas for further treatment that's where she remains and she is in very grave conditions at this point," said Dana.
But during further questioning on Monday, Porcayo admitted that he had struck the infant out of frustration while he was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, and charged with one count of injury to a child, a first degree felony. As of Monday night, he was being held on a $500,000 bond.
According to Dana, Child Protective Services has removed the couple's other four children from the home.
Authorities say the father does have a history of assault and was arrested in 2005. Christina, the mother of the two-month-old baby, had not comment on the baby's condition.