Daycare worker accused of breaking baby boy’s legs would ‘rather be deported than go to jail’

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SALT LAKE CITY - A 66-year-old unlicensed daycare worker is facing felony child abuse charges after a baby boy in her care went to the hospital with two broken legs.

Elvira Ortega, who runs an unlicensed daycare out of her Salt Lake home, is accused of intentionally inflicting serious physical harm on the baby, Salt Lake Police Det. Greg Wilking said.

Salt Lake County court documents state Ortega was caring for the boy, who is less than a year old, when the injuries allegedly happened Feb. 23.

Ortega later admitted to Salt Lake Police she slammed down the baby feet-first on the bathroom floor, breaking both of his legs below the knees.

Police said Ortega also told them she would "rather be deported than go to jail."

Det. Wilking said Ortega was caring for multiple other children at the in-home daycare.

Police declined to comment on Ortega's immigration status citing department policy but did say they thought she might be a flight risk.

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