FARMINGTON — A toddler who police said was abused by his parents is in a hospice, according to police.
Izakia Davis, who is 17 months old, was hospitalized last month. He had a skull fracture, massive fluid on the brain, multiple broken bones and was on a ventilator because he couldn't breath on his own, according to court documents. His bone fractures were in various stages of healing.
Izakia's father, Angel Arellano, 23, and Arellano's girlfriend, Leilah Hastings, 21, were arrested on suspicion of abusing Izakia, and they were charged with second-degree felonies for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.
The couple declined to speak with investigators about the case. Police said they were charged with crimes because they were Izakia's sole guardians when he suffered his injuries, which doctors said were caused by abuse, according to court documents.
Arellano and Hastings are being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center each on a $750,000 bond. They have preliminary hearings scheduled for next week.
The University of New Mexico Hospital Ethics Board decided that nothing could medically be done for Izakia, according to court documents.
He was taken off life support and given do not resuscitate orders, which means doctors will not take life savings measures if his condition worsens.
Izakia is currently in hospice care and is breathing on his own, Farmington police Detective Heather Chavez said.
The San Juan County District Attorney's Office said Arellano's and Hastings' charges could possibly be amended if Izakia dies as a result of his injuries.
Chavez said the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department took custody of Izakia. The boy has relatives who live in Las Cruces who could not be reached for comment.
Henry Velarde, a spokesman for CYFD, said the agency can take custody of children for 48 hours if requested by law enforcement, and then the agency can petition courts to continue custody.
Child abuse that results in a dire medical condition like what happened to Izakia is rare, Valarde said.
Of 3,000 children every year who receive CYFD services because they were victims of abuse, less than 10 will lead to CYFD making a serious medical decision on behalf of the child, Valarde said.
"It's not a decision that we would make by ourselves," Valarde said. "Even for children in our custody, we would try to talk to the parents and get their thoughts on the situation."
Valarde said the courts are also involved if dire medical decisions have to be made for children in the state's custody.
Court documents state doctors and attorneys for Izakia, his family and CYFD agreed with the decision to take him off life support.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.