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  • Hesperia couple accused of long-term child abuse

    Victim abused for 'significant period of time,' suffered numerous fractures
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  • HESPERIA — A deputy responding to a report of suspected child abuse arrested a man and the child’s mother Tuesday night after finding injuries to the infant, sheriff’s officials said.
    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Antonio Higuera, of the Hesperia Station, conducted a welfare check on a 6-month-old boy and recognized deformities in the infant’s arms and legs indicating bone fractures, officials said.
    Higuera visited a home in the 14000 block of Sequoia Street at about 7 p.m. after a local doctor said the mother and her boyfriend attempted to receive treatment for the child.
    The mother, Maria Estrada, 20, and her live-in boyfriend, Christain Ricardo Lopez, 23, were subsequently interviewed by detectives from the Hesperia Station and the Crimes Against Children Detail. Through their investigation, detectives concluded the baby endured abuse for a significant period of time, resulting in numerous fractures in various stages of healing, officials said.
    Hesperia firefighters took the baby to a local hospital for treatment, where X-rays confirmed multiple fractures and other injuries, deputies said. Following the initial assessment, the boy was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for extensive treatment and is expected to survive.
    Lopez was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for aggravated mayhem, torture and felony willful inhuman injury to a child resulting in traumatic condition, sheriff’s officials said. His bail is set at $1 million.
    Estrada was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for willful injury to a child likely to produce great bodily injury or death. Her bail is set at $100,000, officials said. Detectives said they believe the mother was aware of the abuse but did nothing.
    Both are scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on Friday.
    Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Doug Hubbard at 760-947-1500.
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