On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., Hesperia Deputy Antonio Higuera was dispatched
to a residence located in the 14000 block of Sequoia Street for a welfare check
of a 6 month old infant. A local physician notified the Child Abuse Hotline
after the mother and her boyfriend attempted to receive treatment for the
child. Upon arrival at the Sequoia address, Deputy Higuera immediately
recognized deformities in the infant’s arms and legs indicating bone fractures.
Hesperia Fire Personnel were called and transported the victim to a local
hospital. X-Rays confirmed multiple fractures and other injuries consistent
with long term physical abuse.
The mother, Maria Estrada and the live-in boyfriend,
Christain Lopez were subsequently interviewed by detectives from the Hesperia
Station and the Crimes Against Children Detail. Through their investigation, detectives
concluded the victim endured abuse for a significant period of time resulting
in numerous fractures in various stages of healing.
The 6 month old victim, following the initial assessment,
was transported to Loma Linda Medical Center for extensive treatment and is
expected to survive.
Christain Lopez was arrested and booked at the High Desert
Detention Center for PC205, aggravated mayhem; PC206, Torture; PC273d(a)Felony
willful inhuman injury to child resulting in traumatic condition and his bail
is set at $1,000,000.00.
Maria Estrada was arrested and booked at the High Desert
Detention Center for PC273a(a), willful injury to child likely to produce great
bodily injury or death and her bail is set at $100,000.00. Detectives believe the mother was aware of
the abuse but did nothing.
intervention, this tiny victim likely faced a future of continued abuse with
potentially devastating results. Mandated Reporting laws were first enacted in
California in 1963. The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act(CANRA) was passed
in 1980 requiring not only physicians, but other professional groups to report
known or suspected child abuse.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information
regarding this crime is asked to please contact Detective Sergeant Doug Hubbard
at the Hesperia Station, 760-947-1500
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Department
or WE-TIP INC(1-800-78-CRIME, www.wetip.com) to report suspicious or criminal
activity and can remain anonymous.
Rose, Public Information Officer
Phone No. 760
Case No. 191404420