Midland Man Behind Bars in Connection with Child Abuse Case

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland man is now behind bars in connection to a disturbing case of child abuse.

18-year-old Joseph Mark Charles is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a two year old and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is the live-in boyfriend of the Midland mother accused of almost beating her 19-month old son to death.

Iris Rodriguez was arrested after sheriff's investigators got a call from a doctor at Westwood Hospital.

The doctor reported a child with a broken arm and bruises on his face and head.

Rodriguez claims the injuries happened when the boy fell down a flight of stairs a week ago.

She faces charges of attempted capital murder of a child under six and is being held on a $200,000

This case is still under investigation.