Police say Ontario infant found with injuries, meth exposure is improving

An infant found by police in a motel room with injuries and methamphetamine exposure earlier this month is improving. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – An infant discovered at a local motel with multiple injuries and who was exposed to methamphetamine is improving according to Ontario police.

“The 8-month-old is doing better. It is unknown if there will be any long-term effects,” said Ontario Police Department Det. B.J. Snyder.

Police were called Ontario’s Motel 6 at about 8 p.m. Jan. 7 to a report of an infant who was having trouble breathing.

According to a department press release, the “responding officers and medical personnel immediately noticed that the infant was suffering from multiple visible physical injuries and transported the infant to a local hospital.”

A medical examination determined the child had signs of neglect and a forensic medical evaluation indicated “the presence of methamphetamine exposure/ingestion in the infant.”

Police arrested Jose Montes Diaz, 24, of Ontario, and Marissa Pizano Solis, 26. They were each indicted for first-degree assault, third-degree assault, causing another person to ingest a controlled substance and two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

A medical examination of the infant showed signs of neglect and a forensic medical evaluation indicated “presence of methamphetamine exposure/ingestion.”

Police said Diaz and Pizano told them that the infant was recently in the care of a third party and had just been returned to them.

“Further investigation revealed conflicting information, indicating that the infant had sustained the injuries from a fall,” according to the press release.

Both Diaz and Pizano are lodged in the Malheur County Jail, and are scheduled to enter a plea in the Malheur County Circuit Court Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Ontario police arrest pair after infant found with injuries, meth exposure

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