Wednesday afternoon, Woodland Police were called by hospital staff to investigate a suspected child abuse incident involving a three year old boy. The injuries to the child were reported to be burns to the hands and severe head trauma.
Emergency room staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver, Washington, contacted law enforcement to advise that they suspected that the injuries to the child were the result of abuse and suspected the parents of the child were involved.
Woodland Police Department Detective Dave Plaza responded to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital for the investigation. The victim's father and his live-in girlfriend were interviewed about what happened to the child. The girlfriend, identified as 33 year old Teresa Hernandez, was subsequently arrested on two counts of assault of a child 1st degree after learning that she had allegedly used a hot iron to burn the back of the child's hand and had also pushed the child down a flight of stairs causing a brain injury. Hernandez was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail.
The child victim was transported to the Randall's Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where the child remains in serious but stable condition.