Two felony child assault charges filed against Marshall man (Updated at 9:50 a.m. March 3)

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Nicholas Corona-Garcia

The Saline County Prosecutor's Office filed two felony charges against a Marshall man Wednesday, March 1, in connection to the alleged abuse of two children in September 2016.

Nicholas Corona-Garcia, 37, of Marshall, was charged with two separate class A felony counts of assault, first degree or attempt - serious physical injury or special victim. According to the probable cause statement in the case, one of the 23-month-old twin victims sustained fractured ribs and a fractured pelvis, as well as damage to the intestines and could possibly require surgery while the other child reportedly sustained less serious fractures to the ribs, pelvis and femur, as well as facial bruising.

The officer of record reports a social worker with the hospital stated the children were malnourished, one of whom "appeared as though he came from a 'concentration camp.'" The injuries sustained would allegedly have had to come from direct trauma such as punching, stomping or kicking. Fractures to the bottom of the pelvis (used for sitting) were reportedly "consistent with high velocity trauma, such as falling multiple stories off a building or a fatal or near fatal motor vehicle accident," according to one child's doctor, who is cited explaining the child would have had to have been kicked very hard from behind, stomped or picked up and slammed down on a hard surface for that injury to occur. According to the statement, the doctor credited the injuries to "'prolonged violent assault', and not a momentary loss of temper or lapse of judgment."

The other child's doctor is also cited in the report, stating the injuries would not have been caused by a "routine childhood event" or an accident, and similarly credited the injuries to violent squeezing, kicking or stomping.

According to a witness statement in the report, Corona-Garcia had allegedly been abusing the children since early 2016, two or three times per month.

The charges came after Corona-Garcia and his girlfriend, the children's mother, were arrested after one of the children was airlifted from Fitzgibbon Hospital to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

The two were arrested Sept. 13, 2016. A Marshall Police Department official stated ICE -- or Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- took Corona-Garcia into their custody the evening MPD arrested him. Friday morning, March 3, MPD confirmed that ICE reported deporting Corona-Garcia to his home country of Mexico a few days after taking custody of him.

A bond has been set at $250,000 cash only.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.