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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 21-year-old male suspect after a toddler was found with serious bodily injuries.

Police said Friday night they're looking for Joshua James Gonzales for child abuse in connection with the beating.

A sheriff's spokesman said a concerned citizen saw the toddler and the child's mother outside a Denver school about 5 p.m. Thursday.

The citizen called law enforcement, saying the child appeared to need medical attention. The child suffered a lacerated liver and severe head trauma. The child was hospitalized in serious condition Friday night.

Investigators said the child may have been hurt on Monday.

Investigators believe the injuries happened in south Jefferson County.

The child's mother is not being considered a primary suspect.

 

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