A Jersey City Police officer and a woman have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
On December 2, 2021, the Jersey City Police Department was called to investigate a physical altercation between Frank Martinez, a 37-year-old Jersey City Police Officer, Joanny Hidalgo, 36, of Jersey City, and a teenage child in their care.
The child was taken to Jersey City Medical Center and treated for injuries to the face, shoulders, and arms.
Yesterday, Martinez and Hidalgo individually surrendered themselves to detectives with the Special Victims Unit of The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. They were arrested on charges relating to the abuse of a minor.
Martinez and Hidalgo are each charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Unit is also assisting with the investigation.