Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Man arrested for willful cruelty to a 3 month old infant.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at around 11:02pm PT on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, Deputy Vindell from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to San Antonio Regional Hospital (S.A.R.H.) for a report of a 3 month old infant with cuts and bruises on his face.
Deputy Vindell contacted the victim’s mother, Rebecca Alvarez, at San Antonio Regional Hospital (S.A.R.H.).
Rebecca Alvarez stated she was outside her home when her ten-year-old daughter told her the victim was injured.
Rebecca Alvarez entered her home and found the victim’s father, 22 year old Josue Mejia of Rancho Cucamonga, California, holding the child.
Rebecca Alvarez claimed the victim sustained injuries after falling from a bed.
San Antonio Regional Hospital (S.A.R.H.) medical personnel concluded the injuries were inconsistent with a fall and believed they were caused by blunt force trauma.
Deputies spoke with Josue Mejia and found him to be under the influence of heroin.
Prior to deputies’ arrival, Josue Mejia cleaned the location where the incident took place.
Deputies located a blood stain on Josue Mejia’s jeans, which were collected for evidence.
Rancho Cucamonga Detectives interviewed Mejia at the Rancho Cucamonga Police Station.
Upon the completion of the interview, Josue Mejia was arrested and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center for PC 273(A)(A) Willful Cruelty to a Child and H.S. 11550 Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.
Josue Mejia’s bond was set $100,000.00.
San Bernardino County Child Protective Services was notified for a follow-up evaluation.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Ranchi Cucamonga Police Department at: 1 (909) 477-2800.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline website at: http://www.wetip.com
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