Woman allegedly beats 2-year-old in Palmdale

PALMDALE, Calif.

Deputies said they received a call around 1 p.m. Friday about a woman abusing a child in the area of North 10th Place East and East Palmdale Boulevard. Witnesses said the suspect was kicking the boy and using a belt to assault him.

Detectives responded to the scene and arrested the woman, 27-year-old Michelle Fletcher of Palmdale. The toddler was airlifted to a local hospital to be evaluated. He was listed in good condition Friday evening.

An 8-month-old girl at the scene was taken into protective custody. According to detectives, Fletcher is the mother of the baby girl, but she's not the mother of the 2-year-old boy.

Fletcher was booked on felony charges of assault and child cruelty. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact the Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.

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