SAN JACINTO: Woman charged with attempted murder of 4-year-old child

UPDATE: Aug. 25, 10 a.m.

A young San Jacinto mother accused of beating and choking her 4-year-old son on multiple occasions was charged today with attempted murder and other felonies.

Jasmine Lucia Lopez, 23, was arrested Tuesday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation initiated earlier this month.

Along with the attempted murder count, Lopez is charged with three counts of assault on a minor resulting in great bodily injury and four counts of child abuse.

She’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to make her initial court appearance this afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Duckett, deputies were called to Lopez’s residence in the 400 block of Main Street on Aug. 9 to investigate reports of a child in distress.

Duckett alleged that the boy, identified in court documents as “B.G.,” had marks on his body consistent with mistreatment and was removed from the household, along with his 2-year-old sister.

Detectives continued to gather evidence, which was summarized in the criminal complaint filed against Lopez and obtained by City News Service.

According to the complaint, the alleged abuse began in January 2015 and involved the use of various objects. Court papers state that the defendant allegedly choked B.G., struck him with wooden “blocks,'”used a wooden back scratcher to hit him, kicked him and punched him.

There were no allegations that the boy’s sister was harmed.

The children are in the care of county Child Protective Services staff.

Lopez has no documented prior felony convictions.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SAN JACINTO – A 22-year-old San Jacinto woman was in custody today on suspicion of attempted homicide for allegedly assaulting her 4-year-old son as punishment.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Main Street about 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 in response to a  call about possible child abuse, said sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Duckett. Arriving officers found the 4-year-old boy living at the residence was the victim of abuse and his mother was the suspect.

The little boy and his 2-year-old sibling were removed from the residence, and a forensic evaluation was carried out, Duckett said.

The investigation revealed the boy’s mother, Jasmine Lopez, physically assaulted the boy as punishment and the abuse was “serious and extensive,” Duckett said. Authorities didn’t disclose the nature of the boy’s injuries or the reason he was being punished.

On Tuesday, after learning of the forensic evidence, investigators arrested Lopez on suspicion of attempted homicide and felony child abuse, Duckett said. She was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $1 million bail, according to online inmate records.

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