Man charged with abuse of 2-year-old boy

Benjamin Maes

Santa Fe police have charged a man with child abuse, alleging he caused brain injuries and other trauma to his his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, leaving the boy partially paralyzed.

They identified the suspect as Benjamin Maes, 25, who was being held in the Santa Fe County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Jail records list Maes’ home as Glorieta, although police said he had been living in a Santa Fe apartment with his girlfriend and her two children.

The injured boy was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque on Tuesday night and remained there Thursday, police said. He had grievous injuries, including bleeding in the brain, a separated right shoulder and partial paralysis on the right side of his body, Detective Tony Trujillo said in an affidavit.

The toddler was “screaming very loud and appears to be in extreme pain,” the affidavit says.

Initially treated at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center before being transferred to UNM Hospital, the boy underwent an MRI in Santa Fe that showed he “had bleeding from the left temporal lobe of his brain, as well as another portion of his brain,” Trujillo states.

In addition, the affidavit says, the boy had bruises around his mouth and small splotches on his face that may have been caused by internal bleeding.

According to the affidavit, the child’s mother told investigators that she had dropped off the boy and his 3-year-old sister at their grandmother’s house in Santa Fe at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. At around 8:40 p.m., the grandmother took the children to their apartment complex on Miguel Chavez Road, where Maes lives with the children and their mother.

About 20 minutes later, the report says, Maes called the children’s mother at her job. He told her the boy was throwing up and wouldn’t stop screaming.

The mother told investigators that she left work and returned home, where she found her son in his room. She said he appeared to be having a seizure, the report says.

Cpt. Marvin Paulk, a spokesman for the Santa Fe Police Department, said investigators have interviewed Maes. But Paulk declined to release any details about what was said during the interview.

Court records show Maes had two convictions on minor drug charges in 2010 and 2011.

Contact Uriel Garcia at 986-3062 or ugarcia@sfnewmexican.com. Follow him on Twitter @ujohnnyg.

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Andrew Lucero

I'll never understand why we got rid of the death penalty....Some crimes are just so horrible that you should have to forfeit your life for committing them...And this is one of those crimes! Anyone who would do this to an innocent child deserves to be killed....I'm sorry, but even spending the rest of his days as the low hanging fruit on the prison rape tree is too good for him.

Meredith Madri

It seems every other day we are reading about a child brutally maimed or killed by the adults who are supposed to be caring for them.
This is horrific as well as heart-breaking. New Mexico usually tops the list for "worst State for children" ... where is the outrage?
Governor Martinez, are you paying attention?

Andi Garcia

Absolutely disgusting!! Only a coward would harm a child like this. Scum!
This young boy is in my thoughts and prayers...

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