A 30-year-old Reno mother of two is behind bars, accused of fatally abusing her 7-week-old son
who had multiple, visible injuries that were both new and old, police said.
Sgt. Chuck Lovitt, of the Robbery/Homicide unit, said the Feb. 13 death of Kristopher Posada
was one of the worst instances of child abuse he’s seen.
“Child homicides by and large are usually a single type of injury inflicted once out of frustration or anger,” Lovitt said. “This was not the case. The injuries inflicted upon this child were over time, and he was only seven weeks old.
“You can assume he was being tortured a good part of his short life
,” he said. “This is one of the worst child abuse cases I’ve seen. It’s shocking.”
After a week long investigation, Lovitt said detectives determined the baby died of “non-accidental, violent trauma” that was inflicted upon him. Because the investigation is on-going, Lovitt declined to discuss details of the injuries. He did say the infant suffered multiple types of injuries.
The baby’s mother, Josela Posada
, was arrested Tuesday night in Sparks on suspicion of murder and child abuse causing substantial bodily harm.
Police said Posada offered no explanation for the many injuries the boy suffered
. Officers were summoned to her apartment about 5 a.m., Feb. 13 after she called a friend reporting the child was cold and not breathing, after having been put to sleep the night before.
Posada, who does not speak English, is employed as a housekeeper at the Riverwood Apartments on Kuenzli Street, where she also lived with the infant and its 15-month-old sibling, police said. That child was placed in the care of the county’s social service after the baby’s death.
Lovitt said that Posada did have a teen girl baby-sit for her, and that girl has been cleared from any suspicion. Posada, he said, explained away the boy’s injuries to the baby-sitter, who was naive to any suspected abuse.