Feb. 21, 2014 10:38 AM

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The Daily News Journal

Antonio 'Tony' Moreno-Martinez

MURFREESBORO — A 35-year-old Mexican immigrant who is living in the country illegally was accused of abusing his girlfriend’s child for “not counting numbers correctly,” according to an arrest report from the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Antonio “Tony” Moreno-Martinez, of Murfreesboro, is facing aggravated child abuse charges and deportation back to Mexico following a DCS investigation into an incident with his girlfriend’s child, according to a report filed by MPD Officer Tannas Knox.

Knox said the child’s mother said “her boyfriend became angry with the child due to (the child) not counting correctly. The child had multiple bruises on his back, buttock, face and neck.”

Moreno-Martinez was placed under arrest and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He was booked on $100,000 bond.

After booking, an “ICE detainer” was placed on Moreno-Martinez.

Detainers are used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division of the Department of Homeland Security to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens who are currently in federal, state or local custody,” according to the department’s website.

Once Moreno-Martinez is released from the county jail, ICE will take custody of him for possible deportation, according to the ICE website.

Residents who have information about this or any other crime are asked to call Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All callers remain anonymous.