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Man Charged with Battering Infant Left in His Care

Police say the 10-week-old boy will survive, but will likely have lasting disabilities due to injuries suffered over past 2 months.

Enrique Santiago. Credit: Nashua PD
Enrique Santiago. Credit: Nashua PD

A Massachusetts man is in custody by Nashua Police, accused of abusing a baby over the course of his short life and causing potentially lasting and disabling injuries, most recently by allegedly swinging a pillow case containing an iPad type tablet at the child and striking him in the face with it.

Nashua Police patrol officers arrested Enrique Santiago, 20, of 259 Andover St., Lawrence, Mass., Dec 31 on a warrant for first degree assault, a class A felony. 

Santiago had been arrested the day before in Lawrence, Mass., by Lawrence Police Department detectives as a fugitive from Justice as a result of this warrant. He subsequently waived extradition, was taken into custody by Nashua officers and transported back to New Hampshire. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Nashua Police Department’s Special Investigations Division.

On December 26, 2013 at approximately 5:08 p.m., Nashua patrol officers responded to a local hospital for report of an injured 10 week-old baby boy who had sustained bruising to the left side of his face, ear and buttocks. Initial examinations revealed that the child had sustained a brain bleed as well. These being suspicious injuries, detectives were notified. They responded and initiated an investigation.

Due to the child’s injuries he was transported to a hospital in Boston, Mass., for more intensive care. It was subsequently learned that the child had a multitude of injuries that ranged in age, to include: bleeding on the brain, brain swelling, retinal bleeding, fractured ribs, as well as leg and arm fractures. Despite these injuries the child is recovering. He is expected to survive but will have potentially lasting disabilities. He is currently in stable but critical but condition.

It was learned through the course of this investigation that on December 26 the child was been taken to the Nashua hospital by his mother. It was reported that mother’s boyfriend, Santiago had been caring for the child earlier that day at an apartment on Arlington Street in Nashua while the child’s mother was at work. The investigation revealed that Santiago assaulted the child earlier in the day by purposely swinging a pillow case, containing an iPad type tablet placed within by him, at the child, striking him in the face with it.

It was also learned during this investigation that Santiago was the person responsible for causing the other injuries to the child over the course of the last two months while the child was left in his care. It is alleged that Santiago assaulted the child repeatedly during that time frame by grabbing, squeezing, shaking, striking and slamming him, all of which caused the aforementioned injuries.

Apljak January 02, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Murray, Again, much to my chagrin, you make me giggle. Wouldn't be the first time I was <<insert choice word here>> on! Won't be the last either I guess. As far as clientele, I was projecting your earnest to represent Rep. Campbell onto this and you're right. I didn't mean to suggest that you had offered or would even represent Santiago. I just have to presume that you're interest in the iPad was to stimulate a ruckus amongst the readers...to that end, you are successful. Unfortunately, you have tapped into emotion which trumps other objective actions...I still don't think that the comment paints you in a very good light.
Murray Goldfarb January 02, 2014 at 06:53 PM
I'm sure that last point of yours is entirely correct. But that's only because people are so disposed. Some of your earlier jokes might have been somewhat fowl (if funny) but because your other opinions were popular, nobody was inclined to take offense. Thank you for at least acknowledging the error. In that, you stand alone.
Mike black January 03, 2014 at 06:40 AM
Rico is saying the baby slipped out of his arms and hit his head on some slippers . How long before Mr Goldfart inquires of the condition of the slippers ?
Murray Goldfarb January 03, 2014 at 11:25 AM
You're having enough difficulty understanding the questions I -do- ask, Mike. You're in no position to theorize about questions I -might- ask. I'll probably become curious about Mr. Santiago's slippers a week after you become a man enough to admit you were wrong in claiming I defended Santiago's actions in the first place. Chances are we'll see the Second Coming before either happens.

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