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Infant with Bone Fractures Recovering in Loma Linda is Victim of Alleged Abuse

The 5-month-old girl's 16-year-old mother and 18-year-old father have been arrested on suspicion of felony child cruelty and felony child abuse, deputies said.

An underweight infant girl with bone fractures is recovering at Loma Linda Children's Hospital from alleged felony child cruelty and felony child abuse at the hands of her teenage parents, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Law enforcement learned of the alleged crimes on Thursday Jan. 17 when they were called to St. Mary's Hospital in Apple Valley, deputies said in a news release distributed Friday evening.

The 5-month-old girl was "suffering from neglect and physical abuse," deputies said. "Detectives discovered the infant was suffering from extensive bone fractures to the ribs, and extremities."

Sheriff's personnel said the infant "had failure to thrive, was dehydrated, and weighed nine pounds."

She was transferred to Loma Linda Children's Hospital, where she "is currently being treated for major injuries to her body," deputies said in their statement dated Jan. 18.

The girl's 16-year-old mother, whose name was not released, was booked at Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Center, deputies said.

Daniel William Wescott, the girl's 18-year-old father, was booked at Victor Valley Jail and transferred to West Valley Detention Center, according to deputies and inmate records.

Both suspects were booked on suspicion of felony willful cruelty to a child and felony child abuse, deputies said.

Anyone with more information was urged to contact Detective McCormack at (760) 240-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous were urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or visit www.wetip.com.

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nadine January 19, 2013 at 03:27 AM
a 16 year can't vote, isn't responsible enough yet to drink alcohol but yet is mature enough to raise a child? This little baby wasn't wanted by her parents from the beginning... did no one see that?
James Gale January 19, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Why didn't they give this darling baby up for adoption at the very beginning? It's obvious they didn't want her. They should never get her back. There are so many people who want to adopt, it's a shame this child had to go through that torture.
James Gale January 19, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Guy, can you tell us what kinds of cameras you use to take your pictures? I really like the quality of the picture at the top of this news article.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 07:07 AM
@James Gale: Thanks but I don't make public endorsements - and it has nothing to do with the content of this news report.
James Gale January 19, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I understand, Guy. Thanks.
El Jibaro de Lytle Creek January 19, 2013 at 07:10 PM
to paraphrase your question, where does plausible deniabilty come in?
El Jibaro de Lytle Creek January 19, 2013 at 07:18 PM
My thoughts with regards to this topic would place me in indefinate house dentention. As long as you do this to the least of mine you do it to me.
nadine January 19, 2013 at 07:51 PM
El Jobaro... the idea that it takes a village to raise a child is what I was referring to. These "parents" must be held responsible but so must those that see a train wreck about to happen
tiffany asbury February 03, 2013 at 03:35 AM
I actually know the mother of the accused.She is as messed up as her son. My kids would hang out with him from time to time and they always said that there was something off about him. He would act like a spoiled rotten brat and would never talk to anyone and stay in his room with his video games. My daughter told me one time that the mother threatened to hurt her all because they fought over a piece of candy. So I honestly think that the mother should be to blame as well becuase she raised him to be the man he is. A low life piece of crap who cant take on a real man but beat his own kid! I pray he gets a long time in jail. Lets hope the mother doesn't get custody because she would more than likely be resentful that the baby is the reason her good for nothing son is behind bars.

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