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HOUSTON A man and a woman have been arrested and charged with injury to a child after a 23-month-old was found semi-conscious inside a motel room, Conroe police said.

It happened on Monday at about 11:55 p.m. at a Motel 6 located at 820 S. Interstate 45.

A witness called officers to the hotel after finding the child had significant injuries.

The child was immediately taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Hermann Children s Hospital in the Medical Center.

The witness said Gregory Garcia, 19, contacted her requesting her to come pick up the child. Garcia initially denied to officers that he had been caring for the child, police said. However, he later admitted that he was supervising the child after Michelle Smith, the child s 19-year-old mother, left her in his care several hours prior.

Police said Smith was on scene, but neglected to identify herself as the child s mother during the officer s initial investigation. She also denied knowing what caused the injuries to the child, police said.

Conroe police said the investigation is on-going and further charges may be pending.

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