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Teen sought

TODDLER SCALDED:

mom arrested on suspicion of child endangerment

June 25, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A toddler, scalded and bruised in his El Centro home Friday, was continuing to recover today while his mother was in custody on suspicion of child endangerment and being an accessory after the fact.

Meanwhile, a teen-age suspect thought to have abused the boy was being sought by police.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria said officers responded to the 2400 block of Hamilton Avenue to a possible child abuse case at 1:10 p.m. Friday. They were called by a friend of the boy's family.

Officers found the 2-year-old boy had been scalded on the lower portion of his body. The boy also had bruising over the lower part of his body.

The boy was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The boy's mother, Arisbel Ubence, 25, was at the home when officers arrived. She was taken to the El Centro police station for questioning and arrested.

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She was booked into the county jail on $35,000 bail. She remained in custody today.

Longoria said the woman was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and being an accessory after the fact, adding the mother is not suspected of scalding and bruising her son.

Police are searching for the mother's 17-year-old boyfriend in connection with the crime. Police declined to release the teen-ager's name.

Longoria declined to state how the toddler was scalded and bruised because of the effect it could have on the case.

Information was unavailable on where the toddler was recovering from his injuries.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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