Foster parents indicted after toddler found burned, bitten

A San Antonio couple was charged this week with multiple charges related to the abuse of their 15-month-old foster child.

Marissa Salas and her boyfriend Thomas Torres were among 199 felony indictments brought by Bexar County grand juries this week.

Salas, 19, faces four charges for willfully and knowingly causing grievous bodily harm to a child, while Torres, 24, faces similar charges on two counts.

Bexar County deputies were first called to the couple’s home in the 900 block of Novella in late June in response to an infant having a seizure. When first responders arrived, they saw that the child had bruises, bite marks and a bump on the head, the Express-News previously reported.

The child was taken to San Antonio Children’s Hospital, where doctors found other injuries, including multiple fractures to her hip, toes and skull, and a burn mark on her thigh. Officials said the child was likely violently hit in the head.

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TIED TOGETHER: Foster parents, 19 and 24, have been charged with injuring the 15-month-old child

When questioned by police, Salas said she dropped the child and reportedly did not see the injuries. Investigators also believe Torres threw the baby in the air indoors, causing the child’s head to hit the ceiling.

Officials believe there have been at least six instances of abuse involving both parents.

Torres would reportedly laugh during the attacks. He later told police he would bite the child, pick him up by an arm and beat her, all out of anger, according to the Express-News.

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The case was prosecuted by the Domestic Violence Division of the District Attorney’s Office in the 437th District Court.

Their charges are first-degree felonies, punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.

Also indicted this week was Sammy Gutierrez, who is charged with murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Avery Flores.

Police said Gutierrez and Flores argued over FaceTime on December 12, 2021 over a girl. Flores, the girl’s boyfriend at the time, was upset that Gutierrez, her former boyfriend, had been spending time with her.

The argument escalated and Flores drove to Gutierrez’s house on the 200 block of Briggs Avenue.

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Police said that as Flores got out of the vehicle, Gutierrez shot him from the front yard, the Express-News previously reported. Gutierrez continued firing even as Flores attempted to retreat into the vehicle.

When police arrived at the scene, Flores was reportedly dead in the vehicle from multiple gunshot wounds.

Gutierrez faces up to 99 years or life in prison on felony murder charges.

The case is being prosecuted by the Family Violence Division in the 227th District Court.

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