A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he injured a baby and violently attacked two women.
According to the Farmington Police Department, Jerekson Nez, 35, was arrested Monday and charged with felony child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.
At around 1:30 p.m. on July 24, officers arrived at an apartment complex off of East 16th Street in Farmington, following 911s calls about screaming noises coming from one of the apartments. Farmington Daily Times reports that officers arrived to find two women injured. They detained Nez, who was also at the scene.
One of the victims told responding officers that she stopped by the apartment to drop off food for Nez and the other woman, and heard screaming coming from a back room. The second woman then walked out of the back room with a busted lip, a torn shirt and face scratches.
The first woman said she then saw Nez, who appeared extremely intoxicated, holding a 1-month-old baby. When she tried to take the baby, Nez allegedly threw the baby at her and began attacking her with the handle of a knife.
The woman said she fell backward on a couch while trying to defend herself. That’s when Nez allegedly kneeled on the infant and continued to attack her. When he stopped briefly to expose his knife blade, she screamed and ran from the apartment.
When police arrived, Nez allegedly tried to claim he was injured by changing a car tire. He was subsequently arrested and taken to jail.
The motive behind the incident remains unclear. The victims, including the baby, are expected to survive.
Nez is currently being held without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 3o.
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