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San Antonio woman arrested after 2-year-old boy dies with extensive injuries

mySA logo mySA 11/9/2018 Fares Sabawi, San Antonio Express-News
a woman posing for the camera: Roxanne Tovar, 30, is charged with injury to a child by reckless omission. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers Roxanne Tovar, 30, is charged with injury to a child by reckless omission.

A San Antonio woman was arrested about three months after the 2-year-old she was caring for was found dead with "non-accidental trauma" across his body and methamphetamine in his system, police said.

Roxanne Tovar, 30, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of injury to a child by reckless omission, according to jail records.

On July 29, Tovar called 911 about Desmond Jimenez, the baby she was taking care of, according to her arrest affidavit.

Officers arrived and found the child unresponsive on the floor of a bedroom. First responders quickly noticed a bruise around his eye and on his body and sores around his mouth. Medics pronounced Desmond dead, according to the affidavit.

Tovar told police that Desmond's mother left him in her care April 1 and never returned, according to the affidavit. She also told police that the baby's injuries were caused by his 4-year-old sister, authorities said.

Desmond's autopsy revealed multiple bruises and lmps all over his body, injured genitals, sores on his mouth and nose, a tear on the inside of his lips, and broken and bleeding fingernails.

The Medical Examiner's Office described the injuries as "non-accidental trauma," according to the affidavit. The toxicology report also showed that methamphetamine was in Desmond's system.

Detectives interviewed Tovar a second time on Aug. 7. Though she still blamed the injuries on the 4-year-old girl, she "changed the date some injuries occurred and how they occurred," the affidavit stated.

She also allegedly admitted Desmond was unresponsive for 20 minutes before she called 911. She said she tried performing CPR on Desmond during that time.

Tovar was arrested on a $75,000 bond, jail records showed.


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