TYPE OF CRIME: Torture, Child Abuse and Endangerment CASE NUMBER: 07-219-0009B
LOCATION: Santa Clara County
VICTIM: 22-month old male
SUSPECTS: Baltazar Martinez and Julia Acosta
A Santa Clara County couple is in custody at the Department of Correction after a joint investigation by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the Fremont Police Department found that the couple was torturing and abusing a 22 month-old child. The suspects, Julia Acosta, 20-year-old, San Jose resident, and natural mother of the child has been charged by the Santa Clara County District Attorney on one count of Torture With Great Bodily Injury and one count of Child Abuse and Endangerment With Great Bodily Injury, her current bail is $1,000,000. Acosta’s boyfriend, Baltazar Martinez 26-year-old, Milpitas resident, has also been charged with one count of Torture With Great Bodily Injury, one count of Child Abuse and Endangerment With Great Bodily Injury, and one count of Domestic Violence, his current bail is $2,500,000. Both parties were arrested after the child was taken to a local hospital with numerous and extensive bruises and burns throughout his body. The child is currently in protective custody. Both Martinez and Acosta will be arraigned tomorrow, August 17, 2007. Anyone with information regarding the case may call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Sergeant Leon at 408-808-4500 or Fremont Police Department Detective Crandall at 510-790-6949.