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Mother arrested after toddler in Hesperia suffers chemical burns to face and body

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A Hesperia mom is in jail after her 15-month-old boy suffered chemical burns to his face and body.

A Hesperia mom is in jail following an incident in which her 15-month-old boy suffered chemical burns to his face and body, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says.

The child’s mother took him to Desert Valley Hospital on Monday afternoon with first- and second-degree burns to his face, torso and legs, the San Bernardino Sun reports. His mother, 22-year-old Ashley Donat of Hesperia, said the boy had poured a caustic chemical on himself.

It was unclear whether, or why, authorities doubted Donat’s version of events -- but the boy, whose name is Conner, was taken from her and given to Child Family Services, and Donat arrested and taken to West Valley Detention Center, where she is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, the Sun reports.

According to a sheriff’s department news release, Donat picked her child up from a family member’s care on Saturday. It was unclear exactly when the incident with the caustic chemical occurred.

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Car thief in Artesia discovers 3-year-old child in backseat

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A family tragedy was averted in Artesia this morning after a car thief took off in a stolen vehicle -- with the family’s 3-year-old child still inside.

The child was returned a few minutes later, after the thief realized what was in the backseat of the 1983 silver Honda Accord he had just boosted.

L.A. County sheriffs told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that the incident occurred at about 6:15 a.m. today on the 18000 block of Elaine Avenue in Artesia.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were told that a crying child was seen standing on a curbside nearby. She turned out to be the stolen child, dropped off not far away at South and 186th streets near Cerritos College, CBS reports.

Deputies reunited the child with her family soon after. The silver Honda remains missing.

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