WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man has been accused of severely assaulting a toddler he was entrusted in caring for.
According to charges filed Tuesday in Nobles County District Court, Edgar A. Gutierrez-Munoz, 26, allegedly assaulted a 2-year-old child sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. He’s been charged with third-degree assault of a victim younger than 4 and malicious punishment of a child younger than 4, both felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. The felony level charges are punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.
The charges stem from a law enforcement investigation that began at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center emergency room around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
The complaint details that the majority of the victim’s face was swollen with a partially deformed and bloody nose. Significant bruises were forming on the victim’s face and neck. The officer noted the appearance of blood on various parts of the victim’s face. The report also details the victim had a large abrasion-type injury on their forehead that appeared to have “cross-hatching and a circular mark consistent with pattern injury.”
A more throughout examination at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. showed the victim had swelling on the bridge of his nose, bruising on the right side of their face and bruising on their upper and lower eyelids.
A physician called the injuries “highly suggestive” of child abuse.
Gutierrez-Munoz denied having used physical discipline with the children. He had reportedly contacted a parent of the child 10 to 15 minutes suggesting that the child had fallen twice.
His conditional bail was scheduled at $100,000 and unconditional at $250,000.
The Southwest Crisis Center is a resource for anyone with questions about a relationship in their life. The SWCC can help explore options for anyone who has experienced domestic or sexual violence and offers free, confidential, 24/7 services. Call 1-800-376-4311.