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Man faces charges in death of infant

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A man is behind bars after admitting to Cedar Park police he caused injuries to an infant that eventually resulted in her death.

The caller told Cedar Park police a child was choking.

"The child was unresponsive at that time and transported to Dell Children's Hospital," said Captain Darlene Lewis, with the Cedar Park Police Department.

But when officers started talking to people inside the townhome at 400 east Cypress Creek, the stories didn't match the infant's injuries.

Lewis said, "The airway was clear. The child had reported bruising around the ear."

Police say 32-year-old Jacob Salas had been babysitting his girlfriend's niece that afternoon.

"He had placed the infant's head on the ground and used his knee and put his knee on the child's head," said Lewis.

CPS confirms there were three other children were living in the townhome when this happened. They're not in foster care, but they are staying with a relative.

Julie Moody, with the Department of Family and Protective Services, said, "The child was removed in San Antonio back in October of 2012...and was eventually placed in a foster home and then eventually in December of 2012, CPS did vet a paternal aunt...since that time in December, the aunt has gone on to become a licensed foster parent with Lutheran Services."

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. reps say the baby was placed in the Cedar Park home through a state sponsored program that allows relatives to become foster parents to children who've been removed from their birth families by CPS.

The approved caregiver, the baby girl's aunt, was called into work unexpectedly, according to Lutheran Social Services and had her boyfriend, Jacob Salas watch her.

Salas is not an approved caregiver. LSS reps say he was never listed as a resident at the townhome, so a background check on Salas never happened.

"It's very unfortunate for this family to have to deal with this, and for the child to have to go through something like this and we're working very closely with the Williamson County District Attorney's Office to see if any further charges may be filed," said Lewis.

Authorizes say the baby girl couldn't overcome her injuries and passed away, just one day shy of her 1st birthday.

In the past two years, Lutheran Social Services of the South, has been cited for 13 deficiencies, according to records with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. One says a young child sustained multiple fractures that were not accidental, but inflicted, while in the care of an approved caregiver. Another report says a foster parent admitted that a child's rights were violated, while in their care.

So far, police have no idea why he did this to the 11 month-old.

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