Charges expected today against mother of scalded toddler

June 26, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The El Centro Police Department today was expected to seek charges against a woman arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and being an accessory after the fact in connection with the scalding of her 2-year-old son.

Police were going to seek a warrant today for the arrest of the woman's 17-year-old boyfriend, who is wanted in connection with the scalding but so far has managed to evade arrest.

On Friday police arrested Arisbel Ubence, 25, and booked her into the county jail with bail set at $35,000. Police alleged her son had been scalded and had bruising on the lower portion of his body.

Police were contacted about the case about 1:10 p.m. Friday after a friend found the baby with the injuries at the mother's residence in the 500 block of Olive Avenue.


The friend took the toddler, whose name was not released, to relatives of the mother in the 2400 block of Hamilton Avenue. From there the boy was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The mother was taken into custody at her residence on Olive.

El Centro police Sgt. Mike Crankshaw said this morning the baby was treated and released from the hospital and remained under the charge of county Child Protective Services.

Crankshaw said police were involved in an "intensive" search for the teen-ager.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria on Monday declined to say how the toddler had been injured, stating it could have an effect on the investigation.

There was no specific information available on the toddler's father.

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

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