Trials set for couple accused of abusing infant

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A couple facing felony charges for the alleged abuse of their 1-month-old daughter last year are set for trials this month and in August.

Charles Uribe, 30, and Crystal Uribe, 24, were arrested in February 2018 for first-degree battery. The couple’s daughter was found to be in critical condition and airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after being seen at Wadley Hospital in Texarkana with bruising, broken bones and a throat injury, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The baby was suffering from fractured ribs in various stages of healing which could mean the child was assaulted on more than one occasion.

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The Uribe’s infant daughter was also suffering from two breaks to her pelvis and had an injury to her esophagus officials said could have been caused by someone shoving something into the child’s throat.

According to testimony at a hearing last year, another child was removed from Crystal Uribe’s custody in the state of Montana prior to her marriage to Charles Uribe.

Crystal Uribe filed for divorce from Charles Uribe after the arrests.

Charles Uribe is scheduled to go to trial May 20. He is represented by Managing Public Defender Jason Mitchell.

At a hearing Tuesday before Circuit Judge Brent Haltom, Texarkana attorney Josh Potter said he was recently appointed to the case but will be ready for trial in Crystal Uribe’s case in August.

Both defendants face 10 to 40 years or life in prison if found guilty. Crystal Uribe is currently free on a $75,000 bond. Charles Uribe remains in custody. His bond is set at $75,000.

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