Two Twentynine Palms parents were arrested Tuesday, accused of abusing their five-month old baby. Investigators say that Suzie Bradley, 39, and Noudam Khamphouy, 49, brought the child to Hi-Desert Medical Center for unknown reasons. Medical staff determined that the baby had tested positive for methamphetamine and had wounds to both of his heels, consistent with child neglect. The baby was taken to Loma Linda Medical Center for a higher level of care. Detectives then arrested the parents, Suzie Bradley and Noudam Khamphouy about noon Tuesday on suspicion of child abuse, and Khamphouy on a drug-related warrant, booked them into the West Valley Detention Center, with their bail set at $100,000 each.
We have limited information about a Yucca Valley woman who was arrested Friday, July 24, accused of child abuse. Deputies went to a home in the 56800 block of Kismet Road in Yucca Valley just before 6 a.m. July 24, where they contacted Nicole Gilfillan, 34. Nicole Gilfillan was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty with possible injury or death and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $25,000. Z107.7 News has sent multiple requests to the Sheriff’s Department asking for more information but has not received any information about the details of the arrest.
Two women were arrested Saturday, July 18, accused of child abuse. Deputies went to the Best Western Hotel in Yucca Valley about 2 p.m. where they contacted the two women: Maggie Corbett, 35, of Yucca Valley, and Mariah Mercy, 22, of Landers. After an investigation, Maggie Corbett and Mariah Mercy were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail set at $100,000 each. They were released on their own recognizance Sunday.
With the societal shutdown due to COVID-19, San Bernardino County has seen calls to its child abuse hotline drop dramatically. Normally, that would be cause for celebration but during this shutdown, officials fear the worst. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…
Ever since Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay-at-home order March 19, state residents have faced imposed serious family bonding time. For some children, this can mean more concentrated time with an abuser and fewer witnesses to the abuse.
Marlene Hagen, director of San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, stated that the county’s child abuse hotline has seen a 50 percent decrease in calls since mid-March. Without the usual contact with those beyond immediate family, Hagen fears that child abuse is now being unreported.
The county believes this is because children are not having face-to-face contact with mandated child abuse reporters such as doctors, teachers and mental health counselors.
“Not to mention the fact that there’s limited contact right now with children having contact with extended relatives, friends and neighbors,” said Hagen. “So, anything our community members can do to check up on families—at a safe distance, of course—to insure their needs are being met could mean a great deal to insure a child’s well being.”
To report suspected child abuse, call 211 or the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-827-8724. Otherwise, urgent and potentially life-threatening emergencies should always be reported to 911.
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.