Injured baby’s mother speaks out on abuse
Last Update: 8/23 2:36 pm
Gabriel Eron Hall, 20, was arguing with his girlfriend, the child’s mother, August 19 when the abuse is said to have taken place. (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)
SAN ANTONIO -- Maria Lujano’s says she doesn’t want another baby to suffer the same abuse as her infant son named Talos.
“You know, if I had just put him to sleep and waited for his pain to pass, I would have lost him,” Lujano said about her son’s crying. “I’d be making funeral arrangements.”
Lujano’s 20-year-old boyfriend, Gabriel Eron Hall, is in jail accused of violently shaking their 4-month-old baby during an argument at the couple’s home Tuesday. Lujano says doctors at University Hospital are not only treating her child for serious head injuries, she says they’ve also told her it’s not the first time the baby’s been abused.
“I should have linked the nausea, vomiting, and unusual behavior he was exhibiting together,” Lujano said as she described her child’s demeanor days before witnessing the shaking.
The 27-year-old mother says she didn’t realize the baby’s strange behavior was a warning sign that Little Talos may have been in danger around his dad.
Now Lujano wants all parents to keep a close eye on their own children’s behavior.
“Be aware!” Lujano demands. “If something seems slightly off and they’re just acting a little different, and your gut is telling you that something doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to take your child to the doctor.”
Lujano says doctors have cleared Talos to go home. His dad remains in jail on a $1-million bond.