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Navarro County Sheriff's Office investigated what Sheriff Elmer Tanner described as a “highly disturbing case” on Saturday, July 20.

Corsicana Fire Rescue was dispatched to a medical emergency in Rice involving a 3-week-old child.

A concern was raised about the significant level of injury to the child.

According to reports, the severity of the child's injuries were inconsistent with the story given to CFD personnel upon evaluation of the child, prompting them to request that an NCSO Deputy respond to the hospital to conduct an investigation.

Due to the significance of injuries, the child was life flighted to a Dallas area hospital.

During the course of the evening, an investigation was conducted by NCSO's patrol division and later turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.

An arrest warrant for Injury to a Child, a first degree felony, was issued for the victim's father, Rogelio Ortiz, 21.

He was arrested Sunday night by the Dallas County Hospital District Police at the same Dallas hospital where the child was life flighted to earlier.

He was held in the Dallas County Jail, and transported to the Navarro County Jail on Monday afternoon, charged with serious bodily injury to a child, a first-degree felony. Ortiz's bond is set at $200,000.

“I would like to thank Chief Henley and the CFD, our Patrol Division and CID divisions for their diligent work in this case,” Sheriff Tanner said.

Due to the ongoing investigation, no other details are being released at this time.

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