YENITZE REYES WAS BEATEN BY STEPFATHER, ANGEL MARTINEZ, LEAVING HER BLIND – CCA0115 – UPDATED 01.27.2014
YENITZE REYES WAS BEATEN BY STEPFATHER, ANGEL MARTINEZ, LEAVING HER BLIND
On December 12, 2013, two year old Yenitze Reyes was rushed to the hospital by her mother, Nancy Esmeralda Colomon-Gonzalez. What doctors found when they began to examine the little girl is horrific and will make your stomach turn. Yenitze suffered from a fractured skull, hemorrhaging, non-accidental brain injuries and as a result, she has been left blind. Doctors also found a fracture on her arm which had been healing, confirming that this baby girl was abused for some time, abuse which was heaped upon her by her stepfather, Angel Martinez, 26. Yentize’s injuries were so severe that she needed to be air lifted to the University of Texas Medical Branch.
When investigators questioned Martinez about Yenitze’s injuries, he admitted that he had “rocked the baby too hard” on several occasions to put her to sleep. He told detectives that on one incident in September, he had shaken the baby girl so severely that she began having seizures and was vomiting. Colomon-Gonzalez did take Yenitze to the hospital at that time, but lied about what happened to her daughter. Later in October, during an argument between Martinez and Colomon-Gonzalez, Martinez grabbed Yenitze’s arm and violently swung her away from him. The little girl’s arm became swollen and red, and yet she was not taken to receive any medical attention. I cringe at the pain she must have been in. I broke my wrist a few months ago, and that freakin’ hurt! What hurt the most was when it wasn’t stabilized, once the casts were put on, it was an instant improvement. Yenitze would have been in a ridiculous amount of pain anytime she moved her arm (when you’re 2, you are always moving your arms), and it would have lasted days, if not weeks, where her discomfort would be blatantly obvious.
When Martinez began talking about the most recent abuse occurring on December 12, he stated that he couldn’t exactly remember how he had hurt Yenitze. He said he knew he threw her in the air and didn’t catch her on her way down. During the fall, Yenitze hit her head on a wooden chair. I have to warn you, this next part was graphic enough to make me sick – Martinez said that when the little girl hit her head on the chair, it caused a big bump on the back of her head. He then tried to “push the bump back into her head”, and when he couldn’t Colomon-Gonzalez took her daughter to the hospital. When doctor’s explained Yenitze’s injuries to investigators, they stated that the injuries clearly showed that she would have had to have been slammed on a hard surface followed by someone pushing down on her fractured skull, which then caused bone fragments to penetrate her brain. I can only imagine what he was ‘pushing back in’.
Nancy Esmeralda Colomon-Gonzalez has been charged with injury to a child by omission for never stopping the abuse, and for failing to obtain medical assistance when Yenitze so desperately needed it. Colomon-Gonzalez told authorities that she never stopped or reported the abuse because she did not want to get herself nor Martinez in trouble.
Martinez has been charged with felony injury to a child and is being held on $75,000 bail.
You can be sure we will continue to update you as the case proceeds.