Columbus man reaches plea deal in abuse of his 10-month-old son

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COLUMBUS, Nebraska — A Columbus man reached a plea deal this week to resolve charges he abused his 10-month-old son.

Juan Trejo, 22, pleaded no contest in Platte County District Court to felony child abuse after prosecutors dropped two similar charges, the Columbus Telegram reported ( ). His fiancee, Julie Staroscik, 22, who is not the boy's biological mother, pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse after the charge was reduced from a felony.

Trejo's sentencing date is Aug. 15 and Staroscik's is Aug. 25.

Columbus Police Investigator Bret Strecker said Trejo admitted he threw his child onto the floor on April 22 when the baby wouldn't stop crying.

"He said that he was holding (his son) in his hands while he was standing up," Strecker said. "He raised him a bit and then slammed him to the floor of the residence."

Trejo and Staroscik are the biological parents of four other children who were in the home that day. Police said they showed no signs of abuse. Trejo said he had not abused the boy at any other time and Staroscik denied knowing anything about the boy's injuries.

Suzanne Haney, a doctor at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, said the child had about 20 fractures to his skull, ribs, arms and legs in various stages of healing. She said the bone breaks ranged from about a week old to not more than a couple of months old.

The child, now 1, has been placed in foster care.

Information from: Columbus Telegram,

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