Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Rosalinda M. Salazar, age 35, of Nampa, was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas W. Whitney for the felony crime of Injury to a Child.
Judge Whitney sentenced Salazar to 2 years fixed, followed by 3 years indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 5 years in prison with the court retaining jurisdiction. Judge Whitney also ordered Salazar to submit a DNA sample to the Idaho Database and pay court costs only. The Prosecutor’s Office recommended a prison sentence of 3 years fixed, followed by 7 years indeterminate.
Salazar was arrested in December 2017 after an investigation by the Nampa Police Department revealed she had physically abused her 9-year-old son after becoming upset at him for playing outside while he was grounded. According to detectives, Salazar beat the young child with a wooden spoon until it broke, spanked him numerous times, and slapped his face before eventually grabbing him by the throat and lifting him off the ground until he lost consciousness. Salazar then threw the child to the ground causing him to hit his head on a chair. The young child later told detectives and medical staff that it hurt to swallow and he described seeing stars and being dizzy, as well as hearing a buzzing sound when he was being strangled. The incident was witnessed by four of his siblings, who all reported seeing various forms of the abuse including the strangulation. In addition, all of the children reported abuse at the hands of their mother spanning years.
“Something that really stands out is how close your little boy was to dying. It doesn’t matter if you picked him up or pushed him, either way the child was close to death. He experienced an extremely traumatic event and was a minute or two from him dying,” Judge Whitney said during sentencing as he explained why Salazar needed treatment. “What’s missing is some kind of treatment focused just on rage and anger. I believe you were in a rage when you strangled that child. I don’t believe that is the kind of treatment that happens over days/months. I think a rider is appropriate.”
“This is a severe case of child abuse that nearly led to the death of a 9-year-old boy,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “This type of behavior is unacceptable in our society and deserves to be punished. I firmly believe that Ms. Salazar deserves to be in prison for the pain and suffering she inflicted on her child, which is why we recommended an imposed prison sentence in today’s hearing. That said, I hope she can take advantage of the rider opportunity handed down by the judge.”