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Mar 19, 2014 1:44 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Foster parent arrested for child abuse, toddler has permanent brain damage

TUCSON - A foster care parent was arrested and charged with child abuse on Tuesday.

Griselda Badilla, 34, was booked into the Pima County Jail and remains there upon legal-status verification from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The investigation began with a 911 call made on March 11 regarding a child choking.

That child was 2-year-old Anthony Armenta, who was taken to the hospital with massive bleeding in the brain.

Further medical examination revealed that Anthony suffered permanent brain damage consistent with that of non-accidental trauma.

Badilla's attorney, Rafael Gallego, insisted she had nothing to do with the head injury but would not specify how it happened.

Throughout the investigation, detectives learned that Griselda Badilla was the child's foster mother and had custody of him at the time he sustained these injuries.

Gallego said Badilla has been a foster parent for only six months.

Anthony's biological parents said they have seen him suffer multiple injuries since Child Protective Services placed him in foster care back in September.

Badilla is being held until ICE agents can verify that she has the proper documentation to remain in the U.S.

According to Gallego, Badilla has been in the country for about year and a half and is in the country legally.

News 4 Tucson reached out to Child Protective Services for comment but has not received a response.

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