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Infant's ribs broken by frustrated caregiver

HESPERIA • A baby boy is recovering after being shaken so violently by his foster mother’s boyfriend over the weekend that the infant’s ribs were broken, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station officials said Tuesday.

Michael Thompson, 48, of Riverside was arrested early Monday morning for cruelty to a child following questioning by investigators at the Hesperia station, according to sheriff’s booking reports.

Investigators believe Thompson was caring for the boy when he shook the child out of frustration in order get the 14-month-old to be quiet, according to Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.

Rescue personnel were called out to a home in the 8400 block of G Avenue on Sunday night, according to a sheriff’s release. When officials arrived they found the small child was having trouble breathing. Deputy John Clough also noticed strange bruising around the boy’s face and neck, Walker said.

The child was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center with broken ribs and was last listed in critical but stable condition.

Clough learned that the child and his older sister had been placed in foster care with the woman in April. Since then, she had moved her boyfriend, Thompson, into the G Avenue home.

On Sunday, officials said Thompson was caring for the siblings while the foster mother was out running errands. When the boy began crying, Thompson allegedly shook the young boy until the baby became quiet. The foster mother returned and found the child struggling to breathe and called 911, according to sheriff’s reports.

The boy’s 6-year-old sister was removed from the home, but the foster mother’s 10-year-old biological daughter was allowed to remain with her mother.

San Bernardino County court documents show Thompson only has one vehicle code violation arrest on his record.


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