SAN ANGELO- A San Angelo couple and another man have been indicted on endangering a child with intent to return charges after police investigated an alleged injury to an infant in a rent-controlled house with feces smeared on the walls.
Jaylin Deanda, Eli Sarsosa, and Samuel Jeter have been indicted for abandon/endanger a child with intent to return after a 3-month-old had to be rushed to Austin for emergency medical treatment. Deanda and Sarsosa were originally arrested for cruelty to animals after a dog was found inside the residence that had ribs showing. Jeter was arrested separately on injury to a child charges
According to court documents, on August 17, 2022, investigators were looking into an abuse case involving a three-month-old child. A search warrant was executed on the 2900 block of J.F.K. Drive in San Angelo. Upon observing the interior of the residence, the investigator determined that the house was unsafe and uninhabitable for human occupancy.
The investigator noted a significant roach infestation and a strong odor of urine and feces throughout the residence. A baby gate separated the back two bedrooms from the front of the residence and when the investigator crossed the gate, he noticed that the carpet was completely soiled in urine and feces. He reported that carpet was sticking to his shoes.
Also found were old, partially eaten, dried pizza and children’s food plates and sippy cups on the carpet next to piles and smears of feces. Child hand and feet prints were on the bedroom walls and carpet that were smeared with feces. Plastic toys, stuffed animals, pillows, blankets, and clothing was also found to be covered in feces.
The investigator spoke with Sarsosa who acknowledged Jeter has been babysitting for him and Deanda on a daily basis. While caring for the infant, Jeter stated the child began screaming. Jeter became frustrated and held the child by the torso then shook the baby. His frustration continued and he allegedly dropped the child into a bed and the infant flopped backwards.
Jeter then allegedly held the child by the torso again and swung the baby side to side and threw the child into the air about a foot two times. On the second toss, the child fell into Jeter’s nose. Within minutes of being shaken and thrown, the child began having labored breathing and was not responsive. Jeter said he was not trying to shake the infant a lot because he had read about it being bad to shake a baby. Once Deanda and Sarsosa arrived, they immediately took the child to Shannon Medical Center.
Sarsosa allegedly told the investigator he had the baby gate up due to not trusting the other children around the infant and three children was too much for Jeter to handle on his own. Sarsosa then said that over the week, about once or more times a day, one of the children would take off their diaper when the child had to use the bathroom. Sarsosa said he would clean the feces but then the next day he would again find the bedrooms in the state described above. When he went to clean the feces off the wall, Sarsosa would scrub the paint off the wall. He was going to get more paint but didn’t have the money and it was also his “lazy day”.
The investigator then spoke with Deanda who acknowledged the brown stains on the wall and floors was in fact feces. The other two children would allegedly defecate on the floor and were not potty trained. Deanda also allegedly admitted that she had no excuse for what happened, and she had not been paying attention to them like she had in the past.
Jeter was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Detention Facility on September 2, 2022, and is currently an inmate on $25,000 bond.
Deanda and Sarsosa were arrested and booked on September 19, 2022. Deanda posted a $12,000 bond on October 25 and Sarsosa posted a $25,000 bond on November 10, 2022.