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Hesperia babysitter arrested in child's death

A Google Maps image shows the 17300 block of Olive Street in Hesperia. Sheriff's deputies responded to that location after receiving a call about a medical aid on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (Google Maps)
August 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Hesperia babysitter was arrested on suspicion of murder after an infant he was caring for died from blunt force trauma, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Daniel Ruiz, 23, is being held without bail at the Central Detention Center.

Sheriff's deputies from the Hesperia station responded to the 17300 block of Olive Street at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call about a medical aid. When they arrived, deputies learned that a 1-year-old had been transported to Desert Valley Hospital because the child had difficulty breathing. The infant was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives said they launched an investigation and discovered that the child suffered injuries while in Ruiz's care. Ruiz was questioned and later arrested.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact Det. Mauricio Hurtado or Sgt. Trevis Newport at (909) 387-3589.


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