Abuse Allegations Surface in Court Appearance

Chrizelle Els will be arraigned in April on child abuse charges that gained illumination in a court appearance on Monday. Her husband, Daniel Salazar, has pleaded not guilty to the abuse charges.

Both have been arrested for child abuse. Police say Salazar admitted to shaking the child.

In court on Monday, Els’ attorney argued that the case against his client should end now.

The state contends she knew about the abuse and did nothing.

One detective shared the story of the mom using a doll to show how her husband would treat the infants and she tossed the doll on the table.

Els remains in custody in Sarpy County just as she was a month ago after being arrested for child abuse. Investigators say she failed to protect her children from her husband.

Bellevue Police detective David Chizek explained what she told him during one of the interviews.

"She could have done a better job of protecting the children," from her husband.

Salazar, according to testimony, changed his story at the Bellevue Medical Center from dropping their five-week-old girl to admitting to shaking her two times in three days. The girl had a brain injury, bruising on the body and a dislocated elbow.

The detective also said Chrizelle Els was more worried about jail time for her husband and her own immigration status than the injuries.

The defense revealed that she, in fact, had asked to go to the hospital.

A year ago, their newborn son was taken into state custody. Doctors later revealed from an x-ray that he had three fractured ribs that were healing along with a broken tibia.

We also heard as investigators shared a story from Chrizelle Els and her concern that her husband was picking up another daughter using the word, "rough." and setting her down, "rough." That daughter died in April of 2012. She was five-weeks-old. At the time there was no medical evidence of foul play.

Els' defense says she wasn't in the room when her husband shook another daughter, the most recent case in January, and that he acted alone.

Attorney Joseph Risko said, "Right now that seems to be the way the facts are pointing. This is the first stage of a multi-stage process."

Judge Hutton moved the case to the next level and Els will be arraigned in April. Salazar will be back in court in May.

The criminal investigation continues.


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