On Friday, February 24, 2012, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to McAllen Medical Center where a 3 year old child had multiple bruises throughout the body to include a skull fracture.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office investigators conducted a follow up investigation at the child’s residence located at mile 15 ½ North on FM 88 in Weslaco, Texas.
Deputies made contact with child’s mother, who was identified as Maria Alma Zuniga and child’s father identified as Jose Luis Reyes. Both parents were interviewed and transported to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout the investigation Maria Zuniga implicated herself by stating she tied up her 3 year old child and punched her on the head and body several times. She has abused her 3 yr old child in the past because she would misbehave.
Jose Luis Reyes, father of child admitted to kicking his 3 yr old in the head and repeatedly kicked her on the body, because she was being too loud and was tired and wanted to sleep. Reyes also stated that he has tied up his daughter with a rope and beat her for misbehaving.
Jose Luis Reyes and Maria Alma Zuniga were arrested and booked in the Hidalgo County jail for Injury to a Child, Serious Bodily Injury 1st Degree Felony.
Both subjects have been arraigned today February 27, 2012 via server by Judge Bobby Contreras and bond has been set at 100,000 dollars each.
Child remains under stable condition at McAllen Medical Center.