Man charged with child abuse accused of breaking infant’s ribs

Hirving Ayala

WOODSTOCK — A Mount Jackson man facing several charges related to a child abuse incident is accused of breaking the 3-month-old victim’s ribs, the criminal complaint alleges.

According to the complaint, Hirving Ayala, 23, was sleeping in the bed with his 3-month-old daughter on Tuesday morning in their home in the 6000 block of Railroad Street in Mount Jackson when the child fell off the bed. Angered by this, the complaint alleges, Ayala picked the infant up by grabbing her leg at the knee, “with force,” and pulling her on the bed. Ayala allegedly told investigators that he heard the infant’s leg snap when he did this, the complaint also states.

When he got the infant back on the bed, the complaint alleges, Ayala picked up the infant with both hands around her ribs and squeezed. He allegedly told investigators that he was “angry and frustrated,” the complaint states, and he was the only person at home with the infant at the time of the incident. The child’s grandmother noticed the injuries that night and took  her to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The child was transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital on Wednesday where she was treated for broken ribs, a broken leg and a laceration to her liver, the complaint states. Ayala was arrested in Fairfax Wednesday night, and was charged with felony child abuse/neglect, felony child endangerment, malicious wounding, failing to secure medical attention for an injured child and assault and battery of a family member.

Ayala remains in custody at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center as he awaits his first court date, which is scheduled for Sept. 28 in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.