Las Cruces woman, boyfriend charged with child abuse

Las Cruces Police Department

A 7-month-old baby was flown to an El Paso hospital with serious head injuries, and the boy’s mother and her boyfriend have been arrested on child abuse charges, police said.

Danielle Workman, 22, and Jaime Cardenas, 25, both of the 300 block of east Foster Road, are charged with one count each of negligent child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Las Cruces police were called to Memorial Medical Center, where Workman had taken her 7-month-old boy. Detectives learned that Workman’s baby was suffering from intracranial bleeding and had several visible bruises to his forehead, left eyebrow and cheek.

The boy was later airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso due to the severity of his injuries. Detectives were told by medical professionals that the boy’s injuries could be life-threatening.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that as many as three days ago Cardenas allegedly dropped a bottle of milk on, or threw the bottle at, the child causing one of his injuries. Workman also told detectives that she noticed suspicious bruises on her baby over the past two weeks but failed to contact authorities or seek assistance because she didn’t want to get Cardenas in trouble with the law.

Neither Workman nor Cardenas sought medical attention for the child until late Tuesday evening.

Workman was being held at the Doña Ana County jail on a $50,000 bond. Cardenas, because he allegedly was in violation of probation, was being held without bond.

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