VICTORVILLE – A woman and her live-in boyfriend were arrested for the abuse of her child and possession of drugs on Saturday.
At around 9:13 a.m. a 10-year-old boy was found hiding in a store aisle at a store in the 12600 block of Amargosa Road. Deputies from the Victorville Station responded to conduct a welfare check. When the deputy arrived the boy shared that he was recently hit and kicked by his mother. Out of fear for his safety he hid inside the store.
As part of the investigation, the deputies went to the boy’s home in the 12700 block of Trotters Lane where they located the boy’s mother, 30-year-old Jennifer Teresa Lee. Her boyfriend, Matthew Lee Jipp, 30, was also contacted. Deputies learned that the boy was left home alone for several hours the night before. Lee came home and became angry at the boy and hit and kicked him.
Deputies went to the boy’s home in the 12700 block of Trotters Lane, where they contacted the boy’s mother, Jennifer Teresa Lee, and her boyfriend, Matthew Lee Jipp, who also lives at the home. Through investigation, it was discovered the boy had been left alone for several hours the previous night. When Lee and Jipp returned, Lee became angry at the boy and hit and kicked him.
A search warrant was obtained and served at the home where they located loaded firearms, ammunition, cocaine, large amounts of marijuana, cannabis wax. Cash, large-capacity ammunition magazines, and other paraphernalia associated with drug use and sales. The boy and his 1-year-old sibling were taken into protective custody by the Department of Children and Family Services.
Lee was arrested for the possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, inflicting injury on a child, and accessory to a crime. Jipp, a convicted felon, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, inflicting injury on a child, felon in possession of a firearm, and prohibited person in possession of ammunition. Both Jipp and Lee were released on bail on Saturday.
The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of additional charges. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. 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 www.wetip.com.
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