Twentynine Palms Man Arrested on Suspicion of Felony Child Abuse Involving Infant Son

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A 25-year-old Twentynine Palms man has been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse after an incident that left his 5-month-old son in a coma, authorities announced Saturday.

Armando Espinosa was being held in lieu of $500,00 bail, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies from the Morongo station responded shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday to the 5800 block of Ocotillo Avenue to assist with a medical aid call regarding a baby who was not breathing, the statement said.

The deputies arrived to find adults performing CPR on the infant; firefighter-paramedics arrived shortly afterward, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The boy was transported to Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, where he was found to have a traumatic brain injury, according to the news release. He was then airlifted to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, where he remained hospitalized Saturday.

An investigation by sheriff’s detectives led to the arrest of Espinosa, who was booked on suspicion of felony child abuse involving great bodily injury resulting in a comatose state, the department said.

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