HOUSTON -

A Houston couple is in jail, in connection with a serious case of child abuse.

Charles Salazar, 24, is charged with injury to a child. According to court documents, Salazar is responsible for beating his girlfriend's 17-month-old daughter with a belt.

The child's mother, 20-year-old Yoanne Martinez, is charged with injury to a child by omission.

Investigators say the baby girl was found covered in bruises and suffered a fractured skull.

They also said that Martinez admitted she knew Salazar had beaten the child.

The child's grandmother was the one to report the incident; she now has custody of the girl.