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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 / 04:15 PM
SUBJECT:MAN ARRESTED FOR BITING INFANT STEPSON SEVERAL TIMES


A 20-year-old Schenectady man has been arrested for biting his 11-month-old stepson several times, so severely that the boy required hospital treatment for open wounds, and the boy’s mother has also been arrested for not seeking medical treatment for her son or removing him from the abusive situation that she was aware of.

Darryl Lopez, of C16 Yates Village, has been charged with 6 counts of Assault-2nd degree (a felony) and 6 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (a misdemeanor), and 21-year-old Debbie Burris-Lopez – also of C16 Yates Village – has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The incidents occurred between November 2004 and January 3rd of this year at the family’s 1578 State Street apartment they lived in at the time. Lopez bit both of the boy’s cheeks and hands, and his right leg, so severely that he caused open wounds and scarring. He also bit the boy on his stomach, causing teeth marks and scarring.

A relative of Burris-Lopez noticed the injuries and took the boy to St. Clare’s Hospital for treatment. St. Clare’s personnel were suspicious of the injuries and notified Schenectady County Child Protective Services. CPS advised the Department’s Youth Aid detectives and a joint investigation was begun.

The investigation had been hampered by a lack of cooperation from Lopez and Burris-Lopez, no other apparent witnesses to the abuse and not enough evidence to make an arrest.

However, during a recent Schenectady County Family Court proceeding involving the family, information was obtained that provided the evidence needed to make an arrest and the couple was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

The boy has recovered from his injuries and is staying with a relative.

Lopez and Burris-Lopez were arraigned in Police Court and are currently being held at the Schenectady County Jail.