SAN ANTONIO, TX – A 24-year-old San Antonio man is behind bars after police say he struck an infant multiple times for waking him up.
According to the San Antonio Police Department, James Salazar was visiting the park with his family when the assault occurred.
Salazar had fallen asleep in the front seat of the car when the 1-year-old child began to cry. According to the arrest affidavit, the baby's cries "awakened the defendant, who became angry."
Salazar allegedly then reached over to the back seat and struck the baby with an open hand multiple times. This was done "in an attempt to get him to stop crying.”
The baby's mother intervened and stopped the attack. She then exited the vehicle and retrieved the child from the back seat.
Salazar then drove off, abandoning the child and mother in the park.
Salazar was arrested later that day and charged with intent to cause bodily injury and unauthorized use of a vehicle. His bond was set at $14,000.