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Questions Raised About Child Endangerment Arrest & Children and Family Services Investigation

Questions Raised About Child Endangerment Arrest & Children and Family Services Investigation

Photo of injured 2 year old child, although 24/7 Headline News covered his face to protect his identity. The photo shows both eyes, neither appeared to be blackened or swollen shut as stated in the official press release.
Photo of injured 2-year-old child, although 24/7 Headline News covered his face to protect his identity. The photo shows both eyes, his right eye does appear swollen. Neither eye appears to be “swollen shut” as stated in the official press release.

HIGHLAND – The longtime girlfriend of a Highland man who was arrested for the abuse of his nephew on Friday says the investigation was negligent. Gloria Cuarenta told a 24/7 Headline News reporter on Tuesday, that she and Jermaul Baldridge together have made reports regarding the ongoing neglect and abuse of the 2-year-old child. Both reports, according to Cuarenta and Baldridge’s sister, Leslie went uninvestigated.

Cuarenta said that she and Baldridge cared for the child, who they both consider their nephew, on many occasions. On the day he was taken to the hospital the small boy was under the care of Cuarenta, her sister,

Photo information on the photo provided to 24/7 Headline News.
Photo information on the photo provided to 24/7 Headline News.

and Baldridge. The couple noticed swelling to the right side of the toddler’s face causing them to rush him to the hospital.

Cuarenta said that the child had been in their care for around a week at the time of this incident. When picked up from his mother’s home a week prior to the incident, she did notice a bruise on his stomach but said he did not have a bruise on his eye and it was not swollen shut, as stated in the official press release. 

After the medical examination and investigation the detectives questioned everyone, including the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Cuarenta said.  “Miguel [the child] was in our care all day, all three of us, but my sister and I were not interrogated the same way Jermaul was.” After the interview, Baldridge was subsequently arrested for child endangerment causing great bodily injury. His children and his nephew were all placed under protective custody. “They told Jermaul, “someone has to be charged for this, so if you say you did it we will not investigate Gloria and we will give her the children back”,” said Jermaul’s sister, Leslie Baldridge.

Rock wall that the child allegedly fell from.
Rock climbing wall that the child allegedly fell from.

“Our children have never been in protective custody before this, we have always taken care of them on top of taking care of other children,” said Cuarenta.  Cuarenta said she is not allowed to visit their children or  take prescription glasses to one of the children. She said she has a court hearing tomorrow to see what the steps will be to regain custody of their children.

Baldridge said that her five-year-old daughter told her that their nephew had fallen from the rock climbing wall while playing at their apartments the day before he was taken to the hospital. She is uncertain of any other way he could have sustained the injuries that he did. She said that Baldridge would never hurt any of the children, “We have aided in raising those boys, we would never ever hurt them. We wanted to provide them with the same love, attention, and care that we provide for our own children.”

Jermaul Earl Baldridge
Jermaul Earl Baldridge
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  • gloria gonzales

    1. Ain’t CFS suppose to b there for the best interest of the child ?
    Why would they tell my daughter Gloria Cuarenta that my grand-baby L’rea Baldridge could wait till Wensday didn’t mean my daughter had to b present case worker could of picked up or adviced my daughter to drop instead of the response she got !!!
    2. Numerous times was several people were called over nd over nd was left a contact number nd we never got even a courtesy call saying information could not be shared .
    3. Why was it on media totally different then was actually was taking place ?
    Like the eye swollen shut nd bruise nd numerous other things
    4. We were asked to take my grand-babys out of there sleep to b looked at but didn’t bother to do it till 4 or 5 hrs later when the intentions were always to remove them from the beginning
    Baby’s were up at 5am when they arrived at 10:30pm