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Mother of 10-Month Old Arrested for Child Abuse

Adelphi resident, 20-year-old Jacqueline Vanessa Diaz-Pineda has been arrested on first- and second-degree child abuse after her 10-month-old son was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

According to the Washington Post, Prince George County police were called to 9300 block of Lynmont Drive around 7 p.m. On June 2, 2014, after receiving a notification of an infant “suffering a medical emergency.” The baby was taken to the hospital with bruising and a fractured skull, charge documents said. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/pr-georges-police-arrest-adelphi-woman-after-son-is-hospitalized-in-abuse-case/2014/06/04/d80a5c86-ebff-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html?tid=hpModule_99d5f542-86a2-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394&hpid=z11)

Child Abuse Statistics in Maryland
According to the Child Welfare League of America 13,955 children were abused or neglected in Maryland in 2010.
• 25 percent of those children were physically abused
• 13 percent were sexually abused
• 71 percent were neglected.
Unfortunately, 24 of those nearly 14,000 abused and neglected children died as a results of that abuse. (http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/statefactsheets/2012/maryland.pdf)

Nationally, the statistics are just as harsh. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families reports that about 1,640 children died from abuse and neglect across the country in 2012. Almost three-quarters of those children who died from abuse were under three years old. About 80-percent of those child deaths were caused by one or both of the children’s parents.

When you look at statistics regarding the perpetrators of this type of abuse, you find that about 82 percent of those who abused children were between the ages of 18 and 44. More than half of the 512,040 perpetrators reported across the country were women. (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cm2012.pdf#page=138)

Diaz-Pineda Held With Bail on Child Abuse Charges
After being questioned, Diaz-Pineda admitted to the police that she shook the baby and threw him against a wall after her boyfriend came home without money. Court records note “The defendant advised…that she was upset when her boyfriend came home from work and told her he was not able to get the money they needed.” The documents continued that while the man was taking a shower, Diaz-Pineda “took her frustration” out on the infant boy.

She is currently being held without bail.