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Police: Two suspects arrested after injuring child during argument

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 18:39:22-04

Two suspects were arrested and charged after a child was injured during an argument that became physical on July 30.

According to the affidavit, Killeen police received a report of injury to a child. The child was being treated at Baylor Scott & White for injuries that were inconsistent with accidental trauma.

The victim was being treated for broken ribs and clavicle.

Michelle Vanni, 34, and Joshua Rivera, 29, were in an argument when it became physical. Rivera was holding the child when the argument escalated. The affidavit stated that Vanni was grabbing the child attempting to get him away from Rivera.

It also stated that both suspects fought twice while holding the child.

Vanni was trying to grab the child out of Rivera’s hands and he shoved her while she was also holding onto the child. He also hit Vanni during the fight while he was holding the child.

When Vanni was holding the child, Rivera grabbed him by the sides and started pulling him, according to the affidavit. 

Both suspects were arrested and charged with injury to a child on Aug. 23. They were transported to the Bell County Jail.

Rivera’s bond is set at $203,500 and Vanni’s bond is set at $200,000.

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