Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the weekend death of a Cedar Park foster child.
About 4:30 Saturday afternoon officers went to a home on East Cypress Creek in Cedar Park for a report of a child choking. When they arrived they found 11-month old Orien Hamilton with injuries that were not consistent with choking.
Police said Jacob Salas, 32, later admitted hurting Hamilton by placing his knee on her head and pinning her to the floor. The girl was taken to Dell Children's Hospital where she died the next day.
Salas, who was not the girl’s foster parent, has been arrested and charged with Injury to a Child Family Violence. He is currently held at Williamson County Jail with no bond.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) says Hamilton was removed from her home in San Antonio in October of last year after her mother tested positive for methamphetamines. She was moved to her paternal aunt’s home in Cedar Park in December, and early this year her aunt applied to become a foster parent with Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS).
In its role as a child-placing agency, LSS completed a more thorough background study of the aunt, to include investigating anyone who regularly visited her home and who might have cared for the foster children. Salas was not identified as one of those people.
Child Protective Services has removed three other children, ages 3, 5 and 7, who were living in the home at the time of the incident. None of them were in foster care at the time. They have been placed with a relative.
Cedar Park police continue to in investigate the incident and are working with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office to determine if more charges will be filed.