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Murder charges filed against mother of missing 6-year-old Duke Flores of Apple Valley

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Public court records revealed that the mother of Duke Flores, Jakee Raquel Contreras (AKA Jackee Flores), was arrested on charges of Murder.

The Apple Valley Police Department remained tight-lipped regarding the investigation, not even revealing that Duke’s mother, 29-year-old Jakee Flores, was arrested the same night she filed the missing persons report.

It wasn’t until Friday night that detectives revealed that Jakee was arrested for Willful Cruelty to a Child.

And Saturday is when the murder charges were reflected on public records.

The boy’s grandmother, Lydia Gutierrez, said she feared someone may have gone too far, according to aprevious Victor Valley News article.

A family who is hurting for answers and trying to remain optimistic during a time overshadowed by growing fear, was asking for the public’s to help to search and pray Saturday.

“Please come out, any help is appreciated and wanted,” stated flyer the family circulated online Friday night. “We’re going to have a search party for Duke in Apple Valley, keep Duke in your prayers.”

The family was planning a meeting on Saturday, April 27th, at the house where little Duke lived and was last seen, at 22000 Cherokee Avenue in Apple Valley, California. It’s unknown if the newly released charges will cancel any search efforts.

This search was being put together by the extended family of Duke Flores, the 6-year-old boy with autism who was reported missing April 25th but may have actually been missing much longer, according to the boy’s grandmother.

The extended family went to Duke’s house where he lived with his mother, and his aunt Jennifer Gutierrez and her two kids. Jennifer is Jakee’s twin sister.

In broadcasted interviews, the family said they received different stories about the whereabouts of missing Duke, and none of the stories were adding up.

Detectives spent a day at the home on Cherokee Avenue on Friday, gathering evidence, towing away cars, bringing in dogs to assist, and dug through trash cans searching for any clues.

Police have not released any further details.

READ: Aunt, mother charged with the murder of 6-year-old Duke Flores

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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