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Police: 2-year-old in stable condition after being pushed by babysitter's boyfriend

David Lynch
July 16, 2017 10:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A 2-year-old toddler is in stable condition and a man faces charges after he allegedly pushed the toddler hard enough to cause injury while temporarily filling in for the toddler's babysitter on Friday, according to court documents. 

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The documents state the toddler was rushed to UNM Hospital, where he had to have surgery after doctors were concerned about brain injury when Ricky Pacheco allegedly struck him. The toddler's family told KOB Sunday the boy is awake every now and then, but his eyes are currently swollen shut as a result of the surgery. 

The toddler was in the care of a babysitter – also Pacheco’s girlfriend – who has been taking care of the toddler for a few months, police say, and in that babysitter’s house.

Police say the babysitter asked Pacheco to look after the toddler, along with his two other sons who were also there, while she went to a dentist appointment, without informing the toddler’s mother.

Police say Pacheco pushed the toddler out of frustration, hard enough so that he could hear his head strike the floor. However, Pacheco told police the child didn’t hit any other object, and helped him back up.

Later, police say, Pacheco noticed the child appeared to be choking and having some sort of episode, at which point he called 911. Court documents state the child “continued to appear to fade in and out of consciousness” until an ambulance arrived.

The child's family says it is still too early to tell if he has any brain damage. According to the family, doctors say the boy hit the ground with the same amount of force as someone getting bucked off a horse.

Pacheco, meanwhile, is in jail and facing charges of child abuse with great bodily harm. He was in jail for a short time over the weekend before being released on his own recognizance. His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday. 

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