Samplings to recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:
• An officer took a report of child abuse about 7:10 p.m.
A 19-year-old woman and her 25-year-old fiance said her 18-month-old son was injured while staying with his 23-year-old father. The officer observed red marks on the child’s left temple, the left side of his forehead and his left ear.
The woman said for about a month, the baby had a severe diaper rash every time he was given to her custody. She said she treated it and the rash improved, but it worsened every time the boy stayed with his father again.
A detective photographed the boy’s injuries.
The case was active pending a criminal and state Children, Youth and Families Department investigation.
• About 11:50 p.m., an officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1900 block of West Second Street.
When he arrived, he saw a 34-year-old man stumbling toward him. The man said his girlfriend hit him on the head with a liquor bottle.
The officer saw no signs of battery on the man’s face, arms or neck. He had two 16-ounce cans of beer in his pants pockets.
The man said he and his 34-year-old girlfriend and her children were staying a a hotel because the water went out at their house. He said his girlfriend became angry at him because he wanted to go out of town.
The man said he threw a plastic liquor bottle in the bathroom sink, and it bounced out and cut his girlfriend’s forehead.
The officer later learned the man was out of jail on bond and wasn’t allowed to possess or consume alcohol.
Another officer spoke to the woman, who said she went to the hotel to get away from her boyfriend because he was threatening her.
The man pushed her in front of her children and hit her in the face with an object she couldn’t describe, the woman said.
The first officer spoke to the children, who said the man hit their mother with part of the coffee maker in the room. They said the man was always intoxicated and the fighting happened all the time.
The man was arrested for battery against a household member and incarcerated at Roosevelt County Detention Center with no bond.
• An officer responded to a report of a breaking and entering in progress about 1:15 a.m. in the 400 block of South Roosevelt Road T.
A 28-year-old man said someone broke into the shed in his backyard. The night before, he said, someone tried to break into his vehicle shop, but the alarm system scared them away.
The officer searched the premises, but found no suspects.
• An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Dallas Avenue about 5:25 p.m. in reference to a criminal damage report.
A 31-year-old woman said on June 1, she noticed someone had tried to break in her back fence and damaged it. She said nothing else was broken and nothing was taken from the yard.
The woman said her landlord told her to file a police report for a record of the damage.
The case is inactive pending further leads.
• About 5 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a store in the 1600 block of Spruce Street for a report of criminal damage to a vehicle.
A 32-year-old man and a 25-year-old man from Lubbock said a male had damaged the company truck they were driving. The 32-year-old said he was sitting in the truck when the damage happened and provided a New Mexico license plate number from the suspect’s vehicle.