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Apple Valley Woman arrested for causing broken bones on 15-month-old

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Sammie Jenkins, 45, of Apple Valley was arrested for felony child abuse of a 15-month-old girl who nearly died.

The baby girl was taken to the hospital and medical staff determined the victim had a skull fracture and possible brain bleed, officials said.

While at the hospital the victim reportedly stopped breathing and medical staff administered life-saving measures and resuscitated her.

A trauma team from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) responded to St. Mary’s and transported the victim to LLUCH for a higher level of care.

“The victim’s injuries include broken bones and a catastrophic brain injury and she remains hospitalized in critical condition,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Deputies responded to St. Mary’s Hospital just before 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 31, to investigate a case of child abuse.

Two Apple Valley Deputies L. Walker and E. Castodio launched an investigation and determined the injuries to the child were inconsistent with statements provided by the child’s family and likely were caused by child abuse, officials said.

Due to the victim’s critical state, Apple Valley Station requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail (CACD) and reported the incident to San Bernardino County Children and Family Services.

CACD detectives interviewed numerous involved parties and learned the victim was in the care of Jenkins at the time of the injuries. Five other young children lived with Jenkins, as did two of her adult children.

Apple Valley Station deputies and CACD detectives conducted a coordinated, thorough investigation and obtained probable cause to arrest Jenkins for causing the injuries to the victim.

Jenkins was booked into the Central Detention Center for Penal Code Section 273ab(b), Felony Child Abuse involving great bodily injury resulting in a comatose state. She is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. The District Attorney’s charged Jenkins with one count of PC 273AB(B), assault on a child causing paralysis, and one count of PC 273A(A), felony child abuse. Her court date is pending.

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Motorcyclist airlifted after crash on Pawnee Rd and Highway 18 in Apple Valley

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A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)
A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle rider was airlifted following a crash Tuesday in Apple Valley.

It happened at the intersection of Pawnee Road and Highway 18 at 7:35 p.m. and involved a minivan and black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

When firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District arrived on scene they requested one airship to land at St. Mary’s Medical Center for the motorcycle rider, who sustained major injuries. Witnesses reported the rider suffered a serious leg injury.

The rider was subsequently airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a second ground ambulance was requested to the scene.

Westbound lanes of Highway 18 at Pawnee Ridge were shut down as authorities investigated the crash. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Downed Power Lines Blocking Arrowhead Lake Rd in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Downed power lines are blocking a stretch of busy Arrowhead Lake Road near Randall Road in Hesperia.

At about 5:22 PM on August 11th San Bernardino County Fire responded to the scene and located the snapped utility pole with low hanging high-tension wires across the roadway. Firefighters requested law enforcement to expedite to the scene and shut down the roadway

Southern California Edison will respond to complete the repairs and at this time it’s unknown how long the roadway will remain closed for. According to CHP incident logs, officials are providing traffic control.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Rollover crash in Hesperia shuts down 15 freeway Tuesday, 2 airlifted

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HESPERIA, Calif.(VVNG.com) — Traffic along the northbound I-15 freeway remains jammed after it was briefly shutdown to land two helicopters Tuesday.

It was reported at 11:53 a.m. on August 11, 2020, about a mile before Main Street in Hesperia.

For reasons still unknown, the four-door sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof in a drainage ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located two people with critical injuries inside the tan colored vehicle.

Firefighters requested that the California Highway Patrol shut down traffic in order to allow the two helicopters to land on the freeway.

A Mercy Air helicopter landed first followed by a Reach helicopter and both occupants were airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The Victorville CHP is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-241-1186.

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