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Two arrested in South Windsor child assault case

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Santos Malendez is accused of assaulting children. (South Windsor police photo) Santos Malendez is accused of assaulting children. (South Windsor police photo)
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

Two people face charges in a South Windsor child assault case.

Police said they arrested Jessica Lazu-Spring, 32, of South Windsor, and 36-year-old Santos Malendez of Newington on Tuesday.

They said Malendez physically assaulted two of Lazu-Spring's children. They said in one case on July 1, he held a child to the ground, causing a knee injury.

Malendez was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace, risk of injury to a minor and unlawful restraint.

Lazu-Spring was arrested for failing to intervene and protect her children.

According to a warrant, she allowed the children to be exposed to an unsafe environment when her friend, Malendez, was present.

Lazu-Spring was charged with falsely reporting an incident and risk of injury to a minor.

Both she and Malendez were held on separate $80,000 bonds and were presented in Manchester Superior court on Wednesday.

A judge dismissed the charges against Lazu-Spring. 

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