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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN HELD OVER FOR TRIAL IN DEATH OF HER BABY

Four years after a Twentynine Palms woman was arrested on suspicion of causing her baby’s death through child abuse, she finally had a preliminary hearing Thursday to determine if there was enough evidence to hold her over for trial. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in the courtroom, and files this report…

Kaylee Ledford’s 3-month-old baby was unresponsive when it was taken to the Naval Hospital on board the Combat Center September 1, 2015, and suffered two cardiac events when he was flown to Loma Linda Medical Center.

Kaylee Ledford

Ledford told investigators that she had fallen asleep on her right side on the couch with the baby between her and the couch. She said when she woke up, she noticed her left shoulder was wet; she checked on her baby and found him wedged in the back cushion of the couch. She said she was afraid she had lain on him while she was napping and accidentally smothered it. She called 911 and began CPR on her child; paramedics took over CPR when they arrived.

Doctors at Loma Linda said the baby arrived at their hospital brain dead, with retinal bleeding, and abdominal hemorrhaging—symptoms that are not consistent with an adult lying on top of a baby on a couch.

And according to investigators, two nurses said they were called to the baby’s room multiple times by beeping from the ventilator machine, because the baby’s ventilator tube had become disconnected from the machine. The nurses said that it takes a great amount of effort to disconnect a ventilator tube, and each time, Ledford was in the room alone with her child; at least one of those times, her hands were under the baby’s blanket and near the ventilator tube.

Kaylee Ledford’s 3-month-old baby was hooked up to a ventilator similar to this one. Two nurses told investigators that they each responded at least two times to the ventilator alarm and found the ventilator tube disconnected from the machine, which they said would require a great amount of effort.
Courtesy photo

Investigators also mentioned that Ledford had another son who died at about 3 months of age three years earlier.

Ledford was arrested almost a year after her son’s death, on July 28, 2016, and charged with murder and child abuse, causing great bodily injury or death, and has been in jail ever since with her bail set at $1 million bail.

Judge Rodney Cortez ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence to hold Kaylee Ledford for trial in the murder and assault on her baby causing death; her next court date is October 9.

THE VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION SPONSORS MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, along with community partners from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, is inviting veterans to participate in its 8th Annual Mental Health Summit later this month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

The mental health summit is set for Wednesday, September 30, starting at 10 a.m. This year, participants will be able to take in all the great information from the comfort of their own homes, as the summit will be broadcast live on YouTube.
The keynote speaker will be United States Navy combat veteran Heidi Squier Kraft. Following Kraft will be a veteran panel Q&A on the topic of mental health and suicide prevention. Then there will two breakout sessions covering PTSD and suicide prevention that’s aimed at veterans, as well as friends and family.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/va-loma-linda-8th-annual-mental-health-summit-tickets-115289144936

Additional information to follow will include access links to view prerecorded and live sessions. Please reach out to VA Loma Linda Peer Support Specialist Raymond Espinoza for any questions at (909) 825- 7084 ext. 4251.

TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF ABUSING 5-MONTH-OLD BABY

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.

VA TO SPONSOR MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, along with community partners from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties is inviting veterans to participate in its 8th Annual Mental Health Summit later this month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

The mental health summit is set for Wednesday, September 30, starting at 10 a.m. This year, participants will be able to take in all the great information from the comfort of their own homes, as the summit will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The keynote speaker will be United States Navy combat veteran Heidi Squier Kraft. Following Kraft will be a veteran panel Q&A on the topic of mental health and suicide prevention. Then there will two breakout sessions covering PTSD and suicide prevention that’s aimed at veterans, as well as friends and family. See registration information below.

Additional information to follow will include access links to view prerecorded and live sessions. Please reach out to VA Loma Linda Peer Support Specialist Raymond Espinoza for any questions at (909) 825- 7084 ext. 4251.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of child abuse against a four-month old baby. On Friday, doctors at Loma Linda Medical Center called detectives to report the infant had been admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with a severe injury. Doctors had determined her injury was caused by trauma consistent with child abuse. Detectives learned that the girl had been in the care of her father, Micah Inman, 23, at the time of the injury. Micah Inman was arrested about 6:30 p.m. at his home in the 7100 block of Murray Lane for investigation of willful cruelty to a child causing great bodily injury, booked into the Central Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.