2-Month-Old Boy Seriously Hurt When Father Assaults Mother

The man's car also had an AK-47 assault rifle in it.

A 2-month-old baby boy is recovering from head surgery after being injured while his parents fought.

The baby’s 23-year-old father was arrested at the home and charged with abduction, felonious assault and domestic violence. Police also are investigating whether the man, Victor Cabrera-Zamora, a 23-year-old Hispanic, is in the country illegally.

A woman called  to 270 Vinewood Ave. at 8:54 p.m. on Nov. 28. She was unable to speak to the dispatcher but according to police reports, “it was obvious there was a disturbance going on at the residence.”

As police arrived on the scene, the dispatcher was able to determine a child was possibly injured and bleeding. 

Avon Lake Lt. Duane Streator said when police arrived, the baby’s parents were at the front door, agitated and emotional. Cabrera-Zamora was detained and officers found the baby’s mother holding a 2-month old baby boy who was bleeding from the head. 

According to police, Cabrera-Zamora came to the house to visit the baby and retrieve a document from the baby’s mother. Cabrera-Zamora was holding the baby and told her he was going to take the baby. 

The 27-year-old mother, who has custody of the child, told the father he could not take the baby. Police said the father's response was to assault the mother while he was holding the baby. 

“During the physical altercation the father was attempting to leave the house down some stairs and fell against a piano while holding the baby,” Streator said. The baby struck its head on the piano causing the head injury.

The baby and mother were taken to Fairview Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The baby was transferred to Rainbow Children’s Hospital for further treatment of his injuries.

“The baby is still in hospital,” Streator said. “He had surgery yesterday at Rainbow and is recuperating.”

Cabrera-Zamora was arrested without incident. Streator said at that time police learned he had a weapon in the car that he drove to the Vinewood address. Police found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in the car.

Cabrera-Zamora was also charged with improperly handling of firearms in a vehicle. He was arraigned on the charges in and is being held without bond. Court records list a Lakewood, WA address, but Streator said they could not determin what his address is.

"He gave a few addresses, including a Lorain address, Streator said.

Streator said if Cabrera-Zamora is in the country illegally, he will first have to answer to the criminal charges before the issue is reviewed by Immigration and Naturalization Services.

william December 02, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Erika, I understand what you are trying to say. I dont see you atacking the police or defending the male. I dont agree with you but I understand your point. No where in the title of the article does it say anything about his legal status. If the author was focusing on that, the title would have had something about it.
william December 02, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Erika, I do have one question. Who are you talking about when you stated " Do they check the legal status of everyone with a Ukranian sounding name? "
Erika Dus McCracken December 02, 2011 at 06:01 PM
William, that is a good point. When I wrote that comment, I had not yet seen the article in the Press that discloses that the suspect told police he was here illegally. The Patch article, in contrast to the Press article, alluded to some type of suspicion about his legal status. The second sentence in the article conveys 2 pieces of information: 1. The suspect is "Hispanic" 2. Police are investigating his legal status. In my opinion this first piece of information is irrelevant to the story, it provides no additional factual information aside from the ethnicity of the man. A point I was trying to illustrate is that if this exact same event occurred, but the man was blond with a Polish or other European name, the article would not include a reference to the perp's ethnicity. After reading the Press article and finding out that the man actually told police he was here illegally, I completely understand why the Police are investigating his legal status, and I commend them for doing so. Yet I still can't help but see in this article what appear to be unnecessary references to his ethnicity, while leaving out the fact that this man disclosed to the police that he was here illegally. I can't think of any reason to include his ethnicity in the article, it serves no purpose that I can see. Why reference the investigation of his legal status, yet not disclose the fact that he specifically told the police he was here illegally? I
Erika Dus McCracken December 02, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I agree that the *focus* of the article was not his legal status. The bias that I am seeing in this article is more subversive than a headline. I understand why someone might not notice little things like the word "Hispanic" being used this way, or the writing of the article in a way that apparently inspires a lot of emotional reaction and xenophobia about Latin Americans. Unfortunately, little things like an omitting his statement about being here illegally, and including the loaded term "Hispanic" as if it has relevance to his actions, contribute to an overall social and cultural attitude that accepts treating one ethnic group differently than another.
william December 03, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Erika , "A reference to his immigration status both opens and closes the article. So yes, I assume that the writer and police are focusing on his immigration status. FOCUSING. These are your own words.


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