HESPERIA:(VVNG.com)- A 24-year-old Hesperia man has been arrested and is being held on a $500,000 bail for child abuse that resulted in leaving a 4-month old male infant comatose and in extremely critical condition. Authorities say, Tyron Terrell Bookman allegedly used an unknown object to strike the left side of the infant’s skull multiple times.
According to a press release, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Tyron Bookman made a 9-1-1 call regarding a four-month-old infant male, in his care, having difficulty breathing. Rescue personnel and deputies responded to the Hesperia residence in the 11300 block of Tamarisk Ave. where they found the infant unable to breathe on his own. The infant was transported by ambulance to the Desert Valley Medical Center where it was discovered he had a fractured skull. The infant was flown by air ambulance to the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) where he was admitted.
Additional tests revealed a fracture to the occipital bone, a complex fracture to the parietal bone, a subdural hematoma, and a bruise to the tip of his penis. The infant is currently in a state of comatose, as a result of his injuries, and in critical condition.
Hesperia deputies learned that Bookman’s girlfriend left her infant son and her three-year-old daughter with him while she ran some errands. When the child’s mother left, the victim was buckled into a car seat and left in front of the television. Hesperia Sheriff’s Station requested the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail take over the investigation because of the nature and severity of the victim’s injuries.
During the investigation, detectives determined Tyron Bookman used an unknown object to strike the left side of the infant’s skull multiple times. Forensic pediatricians determined the infant’s subdural hematoma was found to be consistent with sudden acceleration and deceleration. The infant’s injuries are consistent with inflicted child abuse.
On Friday, April 10, 2015, Bookman was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for PC 273ab(b). On April 14, 2015, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office filed one felony count of PC 273A(a) and set his bail at $500,000. Bookman’s next court date is scheduled for April 27, 2015. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Jason Frey or Sergeant Dana Foster at the Crimes Against Children Detail, (909) 387-3615.
Court records show Bookman remains in custody after he plead not guilty to the charges earlier this week.
(source: SBSD Headquarters)