BARSTOW • A woman is behind bars on a felony child abuse charge after the Barstow Police Department suspected her to cause numerous bruises and welts to her 6-year-old daughter, authorities said.
At approximately 10:35 a.m., the BPD received a report of a victim of possible child abuse at Henderson Elementary School on Wednesday, according to a news release from the police department.
Officer Phillip Ragle came to the school and talked to the 6-year-old, who said she was hit with an electrical cord on Tuesday at her home, the release states.
During the investigation at the child's residence, located in the 100 block of West Buena Vista Street, Ragle determined that the mother, Crystal Rios, caused "numerous bruises and welts on the child's face, chest and arms using an electrical cord from a vacuum cleaner to discipline the child," the release states.
"The child's injuries were severe enough to warrant felony child abuse charges against (Rios)," BPD Lt. Mike Hunter said.
According to the release, the San Bernardino County Department of Child Services was also notified and an additional investigation was initiated by that agency. The victim and a 3-year old child at the home were both taken into protective custody, the release states.
Rios, 27, was arrested and booked in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Jail in Barstow in lieu of $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Victorville courthouse on Friday, booking records show.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.