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Woman charged with death of child
April 29, 2018
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif – On Monday, April 23 at about 3:00 in the morning, pediatricians and social workers from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, contacted detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Specialized Investigations Division regarding a 5-year-old who was transferred to their care from Big Bear. The juvenile suffered from multiple injuries he received at the family's home in Big Bear Lake.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives determined the injuries were not accidental and had been inflicted upon the juvenile. Children and Family Services (CFS) removed five additional children from the family's home in the 4200 block of Eagles Nest Road in Big Bear Lake. On Wednesday, April 25, Julia Moore (age 34) and Janet Putnam (age 63) both of Big Bear Lake, were identified as suspects and arrested.
On Friday, April 27, the juvenile succumbed to the injuries received and was pronounced dead. Moore was arrested for murder and child abuse resulting in death. Putnam was arrested for felony child abuse.
Moore was booked at Central Detention Center and is being held on $1,000,000 bail for child abuse and murder. Putnam was arrested and posted $100,000 bail for child abuse.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Detective Kathy Oros or Detective James Williams at (909) 387-3589.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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