SAN TAN VALLEY — A San Tan Valley woman has surrendered to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the investigation of possible physical abuse of her partner’s 8-year-old boy.

On Tuesday, Claudia Genis, 29, surrendered to PCSO and was booked into the Pinal County jail on suspicion of intent to commit child abuse. She is being held on a $750,000 secured bond.

On Sept. 8, deputies responded to a call of potential physical abuse of an 8-year-old boy from doctors at an area hospital.

The child’s mother allegedly told hospital staff that the boy had been injured falling off a skateboard. The boy had multiple broken bones and internal organ injuries. He was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in critical condition for emergency surgery and spent several weeks in the hospital recovering.

Doctors believed the injuries may have been abuse and called law enforcement. Deputies believe the boy may have been injured for 24 to 48 hours before being admitted.

At that time, the mother’s partner, Genis, allegedly stopped cooperating with investigators. Detectives allegedly found evidence on her phone that she was attempting to fabricate a story for law enforcement, according to PCSO spokeswoman Lauren Reimer.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety took custody of the boy. The boy allegedly told investigators that it was Genis who hurt him and that the abuse started when his school closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The child’s mother continues to cooperate with PCSO in the investigation.

“This case is truly heartbreaking, the fact that someone could do this to an innocent child,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “But I am thankful our detectives were able to get to the bottom of it and free this child from his abuser.”

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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