Alamogordo father accused of abusing infant released from jail

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A father accused of child abuse has been released from jail.

Court records state that Jason Herrera, 38, of Alamogordo, was released on his own recognizance Monday after he went before Judge Norman Osbourne in Alamogordo Magistrate Court.

Herrera is charged with one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. He is next scheduled to appear in court in July.

Herrera was being held at the Otero County Detention Center following his arrest late Friday afternoon.

Alamogordo police say that on May 17 officers and first responders were called to Herrera’s home on the 1000 block of Mescalero Avenue. A two-month-old boy had reportedly choked and was unconscious.

The boy was taken to a hospital and was later airlifted to an El Paso Hospital. As of late Friday, the baby was in stable condition.

Police said it was later learned the baby’s injuries included 14 broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, two broken femurs and a broken hand. It was later determined by investigators that Herrera had allegedly abused the child, something Herrera denied when he was being interviewed by police.