Police say that detectives began their investigation on Jan. 16 after receiving a complaint of child abuse from the state’s Department of Children and Families.
During that investigation, it was learned that the child had been struck with a belt on multiple occasions by their mother and her boyfriend. It was also reported that the child was struck with a phone cord wire and forced to hold books over their head until it hurt as a form of punishment.
On Monday, a warrant was issued 35-year-old Jose Valenzuela and 31-year-old Liseth Castilo-Cruz. Police took them into custody at different locations in Danbury.
Valenzuela was charged with risk of injury to a minor, cruelty to person and assault. He was held on a $100,000 bond.
Castillo-Cruz was charged with risk of injury to minor and cruelty to persons. She was held on a $75,000 bond.