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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER USING A BELT TO DISCIPLINE 16-YEAR-OLD

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of using a belt to discipline a 16-year-old girl. Deputies were called to the 55900 block of Coyote Trail in Yucca Valley about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday for a verbal disturbance. When they were at the scene, Jonathan Bacon, 41, told deputies that he hit the victim in the leg with a belt prior to the deputies’ arrival. The victim had a red mark and swelling to her leg. Deputies contacted Children and Family Services. Jonathan Bacon was arrested for investigation of child abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF 6-YEAR-OLD CHILD

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexually abusing a young child. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were alerted November 25 to a potential case of child sexual abuse by Children and Family Services. The six-year-old child claimed to have been sexually abused by Kimberly Willet, 28, on two separate occasions. An arrest warrant was issued for Willet on February 5, and deputies located Willet about 2:45 p.m. in the 73400 block of Sunrise Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Kimberly Willet was arrested for investigation of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old; booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $250,000.

CHARGES DROPPED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION

This update on a story we aired last week. A felony child abuse charge against a Twentynine Palms woman was dropped last week. Stephenie Randels, 36, was arrested January 10, accused of abusing her daughter. When she was booked into jail, the charge against her was reduced to a misdemeanor, and on Friday, January 17, Stephenie Randels was released from jail, with no court appearance scheduled.

CHILD ABUSE CHARGE DROPPED AGAINST TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN

Update 9 a.m. January 20, 2020:

This update on a story we aired last week. A felony child abuse charge against a Twentynine Palms woman was dropped last week. Stephenie Randels, 36, was arrested January 10, accused of abusing her daughter. When she was booked into jail, the charge against her was reduced to a misdemeanor, and on Friday, January 17, Stephenie Randels was released from jail, with no court appearance scheduled.


Update 7:30 a.m. January 16, 2020:

The felony child abuse charge against Stephenie Randels has been reduced to a charge of misdemeanor willful cruelty to a child , with her bail set at $25,000. She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, January 17.

Deputies responding to a tip of possible child abuse arrested the child’s mother Friday. Deputies went to a home in the 6000 block of Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms to check on a child about 5:30 p.m. Deputies determined that she had injuries to her jaw, and that her mother, Stephenie Randels, 36, had caused the injuries. Stephanie Randels was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $100,000.

NEW LAWS AFFECTING CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND EDUCATION

Several new laws that take affect in 2020 will affect the criminal justice system and those who come in contact with it. Social workers and probation officers will be required to give children who are in foster care two weeks notice if the foster parents have requested a placement change. Adults who have survived sexual abuse as a child will be allowed to file a lawsuit up until they are 40 years old, or even later, if they can connect the abuse to a psychological injury or illness in the last five years. And as of January 1, private prisons and immigration detention centers will no longer be allowed to sign or renew contracts with the state. The goal is to abolish private prisons and detention centers by 2028. And employers, co-workers, and teachers who fear someone will harm themselves or others can get a restraining order for gun violence. This will allow law enforcement officers to take away a person’s guns.

Reporter Ernest Figueroa has more about new laws affecting education in California…

Dreamers—young, undocumented residents who were brought to the U.S. as children—who want to get a graduate degree from a public university in California will be eligible for student loans and in-state tuition. Parents can decide if their children can take medical marijuana on a school campus. Students must have a doctor’s prescription, and the marijuana can’t be stored on the school campus.