Foster parents indicted on child abuse charges after 15-month-old found with burns, bite marks

SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio couple was indicted this week on multiple charges in connection with the abuse of their 15-month-old foster child.

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

Salas, 19, faces four indictments of intentionally and knowingly causing serious bodily harm to a child, while Torres, 24, faces two counts with similar charges.

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

The child was taken to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, where doctors found more injuries including several fractures on her hip, toe and skull, as well as a burn mark on her thigh. Officials said the child had likely been forcefully hit in the head.

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When questioned by the police, Salas said she had dropped the child and did not see the injuries, according to reports. Investigators also believe Torres had thrown the baby in the air inside the home, resulting in the child’s head hitting the ceiling.

Officials believe there were at least six incidents of abuse involving both parents.

Reports stated that Torres would laugh during the assaults. He later told the police that he would bite the child, pick her up by one arm, and spank her, all out of anger, the Express-News said.

The case was prosecuted by the Family 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 were arguing over a girl via FaceTime on Dec. 12, 2021. Flores, who was 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 home in the 200 block of Briggs Avenue.

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Police said that as Flores stepped out of the vehicle, Gutierrez started shooting at him from the front yard, the Express-News previously reported. Gutierrez continued firing even as Flores tried to retreat into the vehicle.

When the police arrived at the scene, Flores was dead inside the vehicle from multiple gunshot wounds, according to reports.

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

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

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