Foster Death Probed


POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 11:09pm

Man accused of crushing 11-month-old's head. Kevin Schwaller reports.

(KXAN) A Texas man is facing charges following the death of an 11-month-old girl in foster care.

According to Cedar Park police, officers were called to a home in on Saturday to assist a crew responding to a report of a choking child.

The girl, identified as Orien Hamilton, was taken to Dell Children's Medical Center and died Sunday morning. The hospital staff determined the girl suffered severe head injuries, police said.

The child was placed in what's called a foster care kinship program, meaning that a relative of a parent is named to provide care. The relative approved to provide care was called to work unexpectedly, according to Lutheran Social Services of the South Inc., which administers the program.

The child was left in the care of someone not approved by the service but according to an arrest affidavit, Salas did live at the home with the child.

Police determined that the unapproved care giver, 32-year-old Jacob Salas, had caused the injuries. He was in Williamson County Jail without a bail amount set.

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