Infant Brought To Hospital With 20+ Broken Bones

Alamogordo, NM  –  Two Alamogordo residents were arrested Wednesday on child abuse charges after a five-month-old infant was brought to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center with more than 20 bone fractures in March.

Alamogordo police were first made aware of the alleged abuse March 28, when the infant was brought to the hospital.  Medical workers at the hospital told police the infant’s injuries were consistent with “violent physical abuse.”

Child specialists with the New Mexico Child Abuse Response Team and Alamogordo police investigated the case, which eventually produced arrest warrants for Warren Neal McCowan, 22, and Cleopatra Ball, 20.

Wednesday, police arrested both McCowan and Ball on three separate felony child abuse charges: child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, child abuse with medical neglect resulting in great bodily harm and child abuse without great bodily harm.

The first two charges are first-degree felonies and the third is a third-degree felony.

Both are being held at the Otero County Detention Center on $50,000 bonds.

Police did not say what McCowan and Ball’s relationships with the infant are.

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