Court keeps $10K cash bail for man charged with child abuse

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The Superior Court has decided to retain the $10,000 bail for a man who is charged with child abuse after allegedly slapping a 16-year-old girl and hitting her head against a wall.

Christino Selkor, 40, through his lawyer, assistant public defender Vina Seelam, asked Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho last Friday to reduce the $10,000 bail to $3,000 and to allow him to pay 10% of the amount. Seelam also assured the court that Selkor is employed and will not stay where the victim is residing.

Camacho denied the request for bail modification, however, citing the lack of monitoring and supervision for the defendant. Camacho directed Seelam to find a suitable third-party custodian for Selkor if they want to move forward with the bail modification.

Selkor was remanded back to the custody of the Department of Corrections following the hearing last Friday. He was also ordered to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 14 at 10am and for his arraignment on Oct. 20 at 9am.

Selkor is accused of assaulting the 16-year-old girl while he was intoxicated, and has been charged with child abuse and disturbing the peace.

According to court documents, Selkor had just come home drunk and got into an argument with the 16-year-old girl and that he allegedly slapped her. She slapped him back, which allegedly prompted Selkor to pull her hair and drag her to the living room and hit her. Another girl woke her mother in the bedroom, and she came out and stopped the fight between Selkor and the 16-year-old.

Both the 16-year-old and 11-year-old girls went into their bedroom, but Selkor allegedly followed them, and that Selkor allegedly grabbed the 16-year-old’s head and hit her head against the wall before walking out of the room.

The 16-year-old told police that she couldn’t move for about 5-10 seconds and that her vision became blurry. She added that she had to lean on the 11-year-old girl for balance while she picked herself up from the floor. She told police that Selkor came back into the room and apologized.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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