Foster Mom Indicted In Child Abuse Case

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photo: LVMPD

photo: LVMPD

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A Las Vegas woman has been charged with child abuse and neglect after one of her two foster children–a 2 year old boy–suffered brain damage allegedly inflicted by a man who was watching the child.

Kasondra Martinsen originally told investigators the child had slipped as she gave him a bath. She later changed her story, telling authorities she had left the child and a six year old sibling in the care of a family friend, 22 year old Osbaldo Sanchez.

Sanchez told authorities he heard a thud and found the 2 year old had been injured while bathing. But a police report says detectives interviewed the six year old sibling who was present and learned the injury had occurred in the living room. Sanchez was charged earlier and is scheduled for trial in March of 2014.

Martinsen had also falsely told authorities that Sanchez was licensed to care for her foster children in her absence.

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