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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
August 08, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - Police have charged a city man with child abuse after officers were notified this week about a 2-year-old girl who had a fractured wrist and burns on her face.
On Thursday, detectives assigned to the New Bedford Police Juvenile and Sexual Assault Unit arrested Luis Guerrero-Colon, 20, of 81 Briarwood Drive, charging him with assault and battery on a child causing injury, reckless endangerment of a child, and mayhem.
Mr. Colon was arraigned in New Bedford District Court and ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Aug. 12.
Police were notified about the case Tuesday when the child was taken to St. Luke's Hospital.
The child had first- and second-degree burns in a circular pattern on her face. The burns were consistent with having been submerged in hot water, said New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva.
The girl also had two fractured bones in her right wrist and a recently broken right ring finger.
Doctors examined X-rays that showed evidence of "several" healing wounds that included bruising and possible prior fractures on the child's leg and torso.
"Anytime the most precious and vulnerable members of our community (are) injured, it is tragic," Lt. Silva said.
"When they're injured as a result of a vicious and savage act of abuse and neglect, it's utterly repulsive."
The child was immediately transferred from St. Luke's Hospital to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island, where she is being treated, police said.
Mr. Colon and his girlfriend, the child's mother, were the only adults in the house when the child was injured, police said.
Mr. Colon told police that his girlfriend was sleeping at the time of the injury, which he said happened in the shower, according to court records.
No charges have been filed against Mr. Colon's girlfriend, who was not identified in court documents. Police did not say whether she also will be arrested.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families said the agency was notified about the alleged child abuse and is investigating.
Juvenile and sexual assault police detectives Alberto Silva and Christopher Andrade arrested Mr. Colon with the assistance of prosecutors assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.
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