Custody Hearing for Falfurrias Child in Abuse Investigation

The grandmother of a young child is speaking out about her grandson, who is at the center of a child abuse investigation in Falfurrias.

Rosa Maria Ruiz is the grandmother of young Christopher Ruiz, Jr., who in December, when he was only three months old, was taken to Driscoll Children's Hospital with multiple skull fractures. Christopher was living with his mother at the time.

Rosa Ruiz, the child's grandmother, has been hoping to gain custody of the child, and she was not happy about the way Friday's hearing went.

"They told me I could probably get custody of him if my son signed the rights," Rosa Ruiz said. "Well, my son has signed papers and done emails, and I already fixed all the baby room for him, and now they're telling me for a 2004, a DWI that I got, I'm eliminated."

Friday's hearing at the Brooks County Courthouse was a civil status hearing regarding the status of the child's guardianship. Cameras were not allowed inside the 79th District courtroom.

Rosa Ruiz said she was told prior to Friday's hearing that she would be called upon to talk to the judge, but that never happened. She also said she was misled by a Child Protective Services investigator who allegedly got her hopes up that she would have a chance at gaining guardianship of her grandson, but after the hearing, she was reportedly informed that she had been disqualified from being considered for guardianship of her grandson because of a DWI from her past.

Rosa said she was being treated like she has no rights, and she said everyone makes mistakes.

"2004 is what, nine years ago? Why are they going to accuse me of something from nine years ago, when I got a different life?" she said. "I have a job. I have a car. I live in a house. I have everything for my grandkids."


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