Baby’s skull fractured twice in 2 months, father arrested

A local man has been arrested after his child suffered a second skull fracture within two months.

According to court documents, a 9-month old infant was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center after suffering a skull fracture on March 2, 2017. The child’s mother claimed the infant fell from a bed onto a concrete floor while in the care of the father.

DCMC records showed that the same child had been admitted in December 2016 with a skull fracture. The mother also claimed at that time that the child fell off a bed while under her care.

When Austin Police detectives interviewed the mother, she changed her story to indicate that the father, identified as 24-year-old Edward Candido Rivera, had struck the child in December and March.

When interviewed, Rivera admitted to striking the child with an open palm twice and grabbing the child’s face out of “frustration and rage” due to the child’s non-stop crying. Rivera also admitted to striking the child with an open palm in December.

River was arrested and charged with injury to a child and bond was set at $25,000. As of Sunday afternoon, Rivera no longer appears listed in the Travis County Jail.

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