A 23-year-old man accused of bashing a toddler with a rock in an unprovoked attack in Redwood City in April will stand trial in March on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
On April 20, Jose Rivera Salvador allegedly approached a woman and her 18-month-old son as they were walking to a Redwood City bus stop, and without warning, struck the boy in the back of the head with a softball-sized rock, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Salvador then reportedly dropped the rock and walked away without saying anything, as the boy bled profusely and his mother screamed.
San Mateo County sheriff's officers found Salvador nearby and observed he had an “obvious mental problem,” according to the district attorney's office.
The toddler was rushed to the hospital, where he received multiple stitches.
Salvador was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting great bodily injury on a child; battery with serious bodily injury; abuse of a child likely to produce great bodily harm or death; and felony infliction of corporal injury on a child, according to the district attorney's office.
Salvador pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court this morning. His trial was set for March 24 and he remains in custody on $100,000 bail.
In July, court-appointed doctors determined that Salvador was mentally competent to stand trial.
— Bay City News