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Grandmother arrested for causing injury to her 8-month-old
August 14, 2019
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, July 24 an eight-month-old female was taken by family members to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) for an X-ray exam. During the medical examination, forensic pediatricians found a fracture to the victim’s right arm. The victim’s injury was consistent with suspected child abuse.
Investigators determined the injury to the 8-month-old occurred in the city of Twentynine Palms, while in the care of Felicia Howard (age 49 of Twentynine Palms), the paternal grandmother to the victim.
Following an extensive investigation, which included Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children Division, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station and Forensic Pediatricians from LLUMC, Howard was arrested on Thursday, July 25. She was booked at Central Detention Center for Willful Cruelty to a Child.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Brian Arias (909) 387-3615.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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