Haltom City infant remains in grave condition

Posted Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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An 8-month-old baby girl remained in grave condition Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital after investigators say she was injured by her baby sitter last week, police said.

The infant was in Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth suffering from a critical head injury, police said.

The baby sitter, Araceli Guzman, 21, of Haltom City, was in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury. She was in jail with bail set at $150,000.

Guzman was arrested April 22 shortly after police were alerted to the baby’s injuries.

“The baby was dropped off at the sitter’s apartment that morning,” police Sgt. Daniel Pearson said Tuesday. “Firefighters and paramedics received a 911 call that afternoon, and she was taken to the hospital.”

At the hospital, a nurse and a social worker told detectives that the infant had bruising on her forehead and swelling on the side of her head, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday by the Star-Telegram.

The affidavit noted that tests revealed that the baby had massive bleeding in her brain.

Investigators did not provide any information on how the infant may have been injured.

“We’re still waiting on reports and test results,” Pearson said.

Guzman was running an unlicensed day-care operation out of her apartment, officials have said.

“Once someone has on their record that they have operated an illegal operation, that information is stored so that it will be available should they ever try to apply for a license in the future,” Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Texas Child Care Licensing, said in an email.

The state child-care licensing agency is a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, also known as Child Protective Services.

Gonzales said that Guzman has two children of her own, but they were not in CPS custody.

Guzman had lived in an apartment with a 31-year-old man at the Fossil Hill Apartments in the 5700 block of North Beach Street.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. April 22, police responded to a call at the Fort Worth hospital and later drove to Guzman’s apartment, where she was taken into custody.

At some point, the baby’s father, Javier Payan, 29, of Watauga, was told about his child's injuries and drove to the complex on the Haltom City-Fort Worth border.

When he arrived, police were there, but he refused to get out of his vehicle and threatened to set off a bomb, according to police reports.

Police in tactical gear surrounded his sport utility vehicle with weapons drawn. Officers negotiated with him while evacuating part of the complex.

Police rushed to the complex from Fort Worth, Haltom City, Watauga and North Richland Hills and the Northeast Tarrant County bomb squad.

Payan eventually surrendered, and no explosive devices or weapons were found. He is expected to be charged with making a terroristic threat.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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