FORT IRWIN – A 22-year-old Fort Irwin daycare worker was arrested for the abuse of a 5-month-old baby.
On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the mother of the infant took her to the Weed Army Community Hospital Emergency room for an injury to her thigh. The mother explained that she was unaware how the child was injured. When medical personnel checked the injury, the baby was learned to have a fractured left femur. As a result of her injuries, she was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). While at LLUMC, Forensic Pediatricians examined the baby and found that she also had a bleeding in the outer portion of her brain. These brain bleeds are typically a result of severe head trauma consistent with child abuse.
Caitlin Hourston babysat the victim and other children at her unlicensed Fort Irwin daycare. Hourston was arrested for child abuse on Friday, June 15, 2018. She was booked into the Central Detention Center and was released on bail on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at around 1:50 a.m. There are no court dates scheduled for Hourston at this time.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are releasing Hourston’s booking photograph. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Lisa Guerra (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).
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