VICTORVILLE – A 23-year-old Victorville man was arrested for allegedly causing severe brain injury to his 4-month-old baby.
On June 19, 2015 the mother of the infant took her son to Victor Valley Global Medical Center with difficulty breathing. Doctors were able to determine that the baby had sustained a severe brain injury as a result of traumatic injury to his head. The baby was transferred to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital for a higher level of care.
While at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital the child was seen by forensic pediatricians who found bleeding in the child’s brain. During his stay he suffered seizures and a stroke as a result of the injury and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. Children and Family Services and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children Detail were notified by the hospital and conducted an investigation.
Through investigation detectives determined that on the date of the incident (June 19, 2016) the victim was in the sole care of his father, James Wright. Wright was interviewed about the incident by detectives on June 20, 2016. Detectives along with medical staff were able to determine that Wright’s story about how the baby was injured was not consistent with the sustained injuries.
Further investigation revealed that Wright shook the infant causing the traumatic brain injury. Wright was subsequently taken into custody and booked into the Central Detention Center on June 21, 2016. He was transferred to the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations – Crimes Against Children Detail. If you choose to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.
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