Update: Child Abuse Investigation
DATE: August 8, 2018
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Injury to a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury “1st Degree Felony”
DATE/TIME REPORTED: August 7, 2018 at approximately 0040 hours
LOCATION: 2828 East 11th Street (Park Ridge Apartments)
The 2-year-old male was pronounced deceased today at 1540 hours as a result of injuries sustained from the abuse. The investigation continues.
Odessa Police have made an arrest in connection to a child abuse investigation. Marqalo Divonte Flores, date of birth 06/18/1998, has been charged with Injury to a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury “1st Degree Felony”.
On August 7, 2018 at approximately 0040 hours, officers responded to a medical call involving a 2-year-old child that was unresponsive. The child was transported to Medical Center Hospital and later airlifted to University Medical Center Hospital in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries.
Investigation revealed that the child sustained serious bodily injury while being watched by Flores at the Park Ridge Apartments. Flores advised detectives that the child had fallen off the bed onto the carpet between the bed and dresser. A child abuse expert later advised that the victim’s injuries were consistent with child abuse.
Based on the facts and circumstances presented during the investigation, OPD detectives obtained a warrant for Flores, who was taken into custody last night at approximately 1900 hours and transported to the ECLEC.
At this time the victim is listed as being in critical condition and the investigation is ongoing.
Marqalo Divonte Flores