NASHUA — A man accused of beating a 10-week-old baby so severely that it caused seven broken bones, two fractured ribs and brain hemorrhaging, has been indicted on numerous assault charges.
A Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury has handed up indictments against Enrique Santiago Jr., 20, of Lawrence, Mass., charging him with nine counts of first-degree assault and one count of simple assault.
According to the indictments, Santiago repeatedly assaulted his girlfriend’s son on several occasions between Nov. 7, 2013 and Dec. 26, 2013 at 43 Arlington St., Apt. B.
In one instance, Santiago is accused of “striking (the baby) in the head with a pillow case containing a computer tablet, causing (the baby) to suffer bilateral subdural hemorrhaging,” an indictment says.
He also allegedly shook the child so violently on different occasions that he broke the baby’s right ulna, right fibula, left radius, right humerus, right tibia, left tibia and left fibula.
The baby’s mother, Maria Tata, 25, of 43 Arlington St., Apt. B, left her child in the care of Santiago when she went to work the day after Christmas. She took the baby to the hospital later that day after returning home and discovering that he had numerous fractures, head trauma, brain hemorrhaging and multiple seizures.
“Mr. Santiago made admissions to becoming frustrated that (the baby) wouldn’t stop crying, and picked up the pillow which he knew had his tablet inside the pillowcase. Mr. Santiago stated that he purposely swung the pillow in (the baby’s) direction with the intention of striking him in the torso or lower body area to startle the infant with hopes that he would stop crying,” court records state.
After he hit the boy in the head with the tablet, the baby continued crying, Santiago told police, adding he then picked up the baby to rock him, at which time the infant “slipped out of his arms,” according to a police affidavit.
Police said earlier that the baby, now eight months old, had to be hospitalized for several months. Although the child is expected to recover, authorities said he could have lasting disabilities.
Santiago is being held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester on $1 million cash bail.
The first-degree assault charges against Santiago have extended prison sentences of 10-30 years each, according to the indictments.