News 5 Investigates

Oct 28, 2013 7:34 PM by Andy Koen

Gag order issued in Pueblo abuse case

PUEBLO - A gag order has been issued in a child abuse case in Pueblo that was at the center of a News 5 Investigation. All parties connected to the case are blocked from talking with the media.

The man and woman charged here are the children's adoptive aunt and uncle. News 5 Investigates discovered social workers were called at least three previous times for reports of abuse before the kids were removed from their adoptive parents' home in March.

Ofelia Melendrez-Agustin, 39, and her husband Eliazar Dolores Ramos, 45, were arrested in September on charges of felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Injury.

In seeking an arrest warrant, a detective with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office told the court that doctors at Saint Mary Corwin Hospital were treating one of the children for a broken femur when they found a previously untreated broken arm.

The children were removed on March 11 when a child suffered severe 4-inch burn burns on their buttocks. A sibling later told investigators "Eliazar" put their brother or sister on a hot stove burner.

Agustin and Ramos are both in the country illegally from Mexico. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked the jail to hold the couple for deportation once criminal proceedings are finished.

The pair is expected in court December 5 for a preliminary hearing. The judge will decide then whether there is enough evidence to move the case ahead to trial. Ramos and Agustin have not entered pleas.

The three children in question are all in foster care.

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