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


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.


Hesperia teen, two friends tried to murder mom over burdensome house rules, police say

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A map of Hesperia shows the 8500 block of C Avenue, lower right, and Ranchero Middle School.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department says it has three Hesperia middle schoolers in custody over an alleged plot to kill the mother of one of the kids.

Their alleged motive: One of the students, a 13-year-old, didn’t like her mom’s strict curfew. Also, her mom was “critical” of her friends -- presumably the same ones who authorities say tried to murder the woman.

According to several news sources, the Sheriff’s Department received a call from the mother Tuesday morning that an attempt had just been made on her life. She said she was attacked in her home on the 8500 block of C Avenue, KTLA reported, but was not seriously injured.

A sheriff’s spokesperson said in a statement that the teens -- the 13-year-old daughter, a female 14-year-old friend and a male 14-year-old friend, all students at Ranchero Middle School -- “conspired, formulated a plan and attempted to kill” the mom yesterday morning using “three different means of attack.” Authorities did not give more specifics, citing the ongoing investigation.


Deputies bust cockfighting ring in Hesperia, 68 people arrested


A cockfight in Mexico

Sixty-eight people were arrested in Hesperia on Saturday for their alleged connection to a cockfighting ring, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said the bust came after deputies received an anonymous tip that fights were being held in a barn on Summit Valley Road, the San Bernardino Sun reports.

When they reached the barn, deputies found a large cockfighting operation in progress. They managed to make the 68 arrests on both felony and misdemeanor charges, but many more people fled on foot, authorities said. Deputies also seized more than $20,000 and 63 roosters.

Of the arrestees, 32 have been identified as possible undocumented immigrants and placed on “INS holds,” the Sun reports. Officials say the arrestees are from around the region, including Los Angeles, Panorama City, Riverside and Palmdale.