17-year-old charged for abusing infant with Down Syndrome

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Katiria Colon is accused of breaking several bones in the body of her one-year-old son who has Down Syndrome. Colon admitted to investigators she was frustrated with the child's crying, and physically took it out on him.

According to the criminal complaint, the child's father, Mario Herrerra noticed his son "cringed" when he touched the the child's leg. Mario called these injuries to the attention of Colon and her father who she lives with.

Colon eventually confessed to injuring her son after investigators questioned her. She told police the child's crying would frustrate here, and would try to make it stop by pulling and twisting his legs. She admitted to doing this at least three times.

The criminal complaint states the last time Colon did this was January 21st. The next day Herrerra noticed his son wasn't using his legs, and his right leg was swollen. Colon told police she played dumb, and didn't say anything about what she had done.

The complaint also says Colon admitted to dropping her son two feet to the floor on January 21st. She said she initially lied about her son's injuries, because she was scared.

Colon faces up to 40 years in prison or $100,000 in fines.

 

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