Daycare provider arrested after infant treated for arm injury

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Bond was set at $100,000 Thursday for Catarina Lopez, 44, a daycare operator charged with child abuse.

Lopez appeared in court accused of causing injuries to a 16-month-old in her care. The child was brought to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder.

Lopez operates an in-home daycare in southeast Omaha. She was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

On Jan. 21, police were called to Children’s Hospital to investigate "suspicious injuries" to a 16-month-old, according to a Douglas County Court document. The child had an acute fracture and dislocation of the left arm; she also had multiple fractures to her shoulders, arm, and wrists in various stages of healing, the document states.

A doctor treating the infant said this was consistent with inflicted injury, the report states.

When Lopez was questioned about the injuries, she admitted to forcefully pulling the girl by her arm up from the floor, court documents state. She said the child cried and that she tried to calm the infant down by giving her a bottle, but did not tell the mother — or police, initially — about the injury, the documents state.

According to a letter from the state, dated Jan. 25 and signed by Lopez, she was not to be alone with child-care children until investigations were complete; and that she was to close the day care if no one 19 or older could assist her with caring for those children.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 15th.