Aug 22, 2014 9:02 PM by Lena Howland

Foster parents facing child abuse charges

A Pueblo couple is under arrest, accused of abusing their foster child.

23-year-old Sarah Finn and 36-year-old Paul Finn took this child in on June 25.

The 2-year-old girl is now in critical condition at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs but we are told the child is responsive.

Sarah and Paul Finn were arrested on Thursday evening.

Pueblo police were called to the 300 block of E. Orman Avenue after reports of a 2-year-old, found unresponsive, from falling down the stairs.

"Officers ended up talking to the foster parents who were at the hospital and an investigation started where they called in child detectives, our special victims unit. During that investigation, they determined that there was possibly some child abuse going on," Eric Gonzales, Public Information Officer for the Pueblo Police Department said.

According to court documents obtained by News 5, parents say the child fell several times over a couple of days. But doctors tell police those injuries do not appear to be accidental.

The little girl is in critical condition. Doctors say she has bleeding of the brain, bruising to her rear end, face and head. She may also be showing signs of possible sex abuse.

"These are serious charges and of course an adult can defend themselves where a child can't. These are innocent victims so it's very important that we seek justice and get everything in order," Gonzales said.

Court documents also revealed two days before their arrests, a text message exchange between Sarah and Paul.

Sarah said "I sat her on the floor and she started puking and bam, fell face first."

Paul responded with "do we need to take her to the hospital?"

And Sarah replied "no, it's ok."

Neighbors tell us it's heartbreaking to hear about a child abuse case so close to home.

"It's heartbreaking because these little children are innocent and you can't even nowadays trust, you're afraid to even trust your own husband sometimes," Anita Shiner, a neighbor of the Finn residence said.

Sarah Finn, now behind bars, is seven months pregnant.

"Stuff like this shouldn't be happening, we have to stop it somehow," James Arellano, a neighbor of the Finn residence said.

"I don't understand how anyone could hurt a child, I just don't understand that," Shiner said.

News 5 sat in the video advisement of both Paul and Sarah Finn in court on Friday. Their bond was set at $200,000 each and they will appear in court again on August 29.

The Department of Human Services says statewide, 110 children in and out of home care allegedly suffered abuse or neglect last year.


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