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Toddler Found Surrounded By Dogs in Park, Dog Shot, Mother Arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( A Victorville mother was arrested after her young child was found alone in Brentwood Park Wednesday morning.

A Sergeant from the Victorville Police Department responded to the call at 10:14 a.m., after a person reported a child in the park surrounded by dogs.

Upon arriving at the scene, the Sergeant located a 2-year-old toddler standing in the rain by himself, wearing only a soiled diaper, surrounded by a pack of seven dogs.

“The dogs seemed to be very protective of the toddler when the Sergeant approached him to get him out of the rain and cold weather,” wrote Mara Rodriguez, Media Relations Officer.

The Sergeant, along with deputies, were able to locate the boy’s home around the corner from the park. The front door of the home was found to be open and the mother, Cassandra Bustamante, was found sleeping unaware her child had wandered off.

Two young siblings were also in the home along with the seven dogs that returned from the park.

The circumstances of the call, and the condition of the home prompted authorities to contact Children and Family Services(CFS).

Bustamante was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for child cruelty.

CFS later released all three of the children to the custody of their father.

According to public court records, Bustamante was released on $100,000 bail early Thursday morning, with no future court dates set.

“Animal Control was also requested to handle the animals at the house,” Rodriguez wrote, “Unfortunately, during the incident one of the dogs became very aggressive and lunged at the Sergeant, trying to bite him, and the dog was shot.”

However, the dog was listed in stable condition as of Thursday morning.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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