Texas babysitter, Berta Evelin Lopez-Vasquez, accused of shaking and throwing infants

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KTRK) – An infant was prepared for surgery after the boy’s babysitter reportedly shook and threw him against a wall as he cried uncontrollably at College Station, according to records.

The 5-month-old baby is unconscious and in a coma at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, and is due for surgery on Thursday.

Fidelina Velasquez said she left her child, Adrian, and her 2-year-old son with Berta Evelin Lopez-Vasquez on January 19 while she and her husband went to work. Lopez-Vasquez was introduced to the family by a friend. The mother said this is the second time she has used the 21-year-old babysitter.

After going to work at a restaurant in College Station, Velasquez said she received a call from Lopez-Vasquez saying something was wrong with Adrian.

“I started asking if the baby was okay,” Velasquez said in Spanish. “She said, ‘yes,’ and then started acting weird over the phone. From there, I insisted again: ‘Is the baby okay?’ and she went on to say, ‘Yes, the baby is fine.’

Velasquez said she immediately knew something was wrong with Adrian, so she left work and went to the babysitter’s house.

She took the 5-month-old to the hospital in College Station, where he was quickly transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Lopez-Vasquez first told investigators she was tossing the baby into the air to make it stop crying and accidentally dropped it, according to a probable cause statement.

Investigators said she eventually admitted to harming the baby.

“(Lopez-Vasquez) stated that Adrian continued to cry incessantly and felt frustrated and angry with his crying,” the possible cause statement said. “She said she fed him, petted him and dressed him and he continued to cry. She said she then picked him up from her bed and started hugging him. him with both hands and looking at him asked him why he didn’t cry she said that after a few seconds or so she lost it and started shaking the baby vigorously for about five seconds let it stop crying. then throw him against the wall her bed rests against.”

Investigators determined the woman threw the baby 6 to 7 meters high

When he hit the ground, the woman told police his eyes rolled back, he started convulsing and stopped breathing.

“I don’t know why she reacted this way,” Velasquez said.

Later, Lopez-Vasquez said she called her husband instead of 911 because “she was afraid of getting in trouble and having her baby taken away.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital discovered that Adrian had a fracture at the back of his skull and brain damage.

Doctors at Texas Children said he continued to have seizures, and suffered a fracture to the left side of his skull, bruising to his forehead and eye area, a head injury, a left retinal hemorrhage, and a brain hematoma that caused heavy. swelling and bleeding.

“That’s completely unfair,” Velasquez said. “My baby is too small. He can’t walk. He can’t talk. He can’t talk on his own. He’s just a baby.”

Lopez-Vasquez has been charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child, and is currently serving a fine of $200,000, the documents show.

Adrian underwent an operation at Texas Children’s Hospital. His second surgery is scheduled for Thursday. The boy’s mother said she hopes to know more about her 5-month-old baby’s future.

Currently, she said he is out of danger but his stable condition and long-term effects from the incident are yet to be determined.

“He moved a little bit,” she said. “He opens his eyes, but he also sleeps a lot.”

Both Velasquez and her husband work at the South Cafe in College Station. Owner made a GoFundMe . page to help with family expenses.

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