Man who caused West Mesa lockdown accused of abusing 2-year-old

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Police say the man who caused a lockdown at West Mesa High School earlier this week was being chased by the family of a 2-year-old girl who he allegedly abused. 

According to a criminal complaint, 22-year-old Edwin Rodriguez Jr. was taking care of his girlfriend’s daughter at a Coors and I-40 apartment complex on Monday. 

The girl’s grandmother arrived to find the child with a broken leg, broken arm, and bruising to her ears and face, and other injuries. 

The toddler was taken to UNM Hospital where doctors questioned Rodriguez’s story, claiming she fell off the bed. 

Rodriguez was found the next day on the West Mesa campus after a family member chased him there after a fight. 

Rodriguez eventually admitted he used heroin the day he was watching the toddler, got upset when the girl caused a mess, then spanked her and threw her against a wall. 

He’s charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily injury. 

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