Couple indicted in baby skull bashing

20-year-old Michael Escobedo
20-year-old Michael Escobedo
20-year-old Tonia Parker; Source: Columbus Police Department
20-year-old Tonia Parker; Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus couple is facing serious charges in connection with a brutal beating of a newborn.

Twenty-year-old Tonia Parker and 20-year-old Michael Escobedo have been indicted by a Muscogee County Grand Jury and face several counts of cruelty to children along with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

In the indictment, it says Parker and Escobedo, her boyfriend, disfigured Parker's nearly three-month-old daughter by fracturing her skull with a "hammer-like object" in June of 2009.

The indictment also states the baby was thrown up in the air and dropped, leaving her with multiple skull fractures and that a pillow was placed over her face, obstructing her ability to breathe.

Court documents indicate Parker and Escobedo failed to seek medical attention for the infant's skull fracture, a severe rash on her body and an injury to her hand resulting in the loss of a fingernail.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Craig confirms the child did survive. He says Escobedo is not the baby's biological father. The infant is still recovering and the Division of Children and Family Services has legal custody of her. She is living with her biological paternal grandmother.

Michael Escobedo was arrested June 6, 2009 and is still in jail pending trial, according to Craig.

Craig says the baby's mother was arrested the same day and made bond in February of 2010.

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