Apple Valley Woman Arrested for Abuse Causing Traumatic Injuries to 15-Month-Old Baby

Apple Valley Woman Arrested for Abuse Causing Traumatic Injuries to 15-Month-Old Baby

APPLE VALLEY – An Apple Valley woman was arrested at the Loma Linda University Hospital on Friday, September 1, 2017, for the beating of 15-month-old child, causing broken bones and a catastrophic brain injury authorities said  

On Thursday, August 31, 2017, just before 6:00 p.m. deputies from the Apple Valley Station responded to St. Mary’s Medical Center for an investigation a case of suspected child abuse. While the child was at the hospital, staff determined that the small child was suffering from a skull fracture and possible brain bleed. The child stopped breathing and required life-saving measures. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital trauma team responded to St. Mary’s Hospital to transport the victim to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital for a higher level of care.

Hospital staff and authorities determined that the injuries were inconsistent with the statements provided by the child’s family. Assistance was requested 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 Sammy Leelynn Jenkins at the time of the injuries.

Five other small children and two adult children lived with Jenkins in the home in the 18000 block of Symeron Road in the Town of Apple Valley. Authorities found probable cause to believe that Jenkins caused injury to the small child and booked her into the Central Detention Center for  Felony Child Abuse involving great bodily injury resulting in a comatose state, assault on a child causing paralysis, and one count felony child abuse. She was later transported to the West Valley Detention Center where she is being held in lieu of $500,000.

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