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Barstow man pleads not guilty to assault on woman, newborn

STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • A Barstow man accused of attacking his girlfriend and her newborn baby last week pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four charges filed against him.

Edwin James Jackson was arraigned via video conference at the Victorville courthouse on felony charges of domestic battery, child abuse and vandalism along with a misdemeanor charge of obstructing or resisting a peace officer. Jackson is next scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, court records show.

Jackson, who was also convicted of felony domestic battery in 2008, was arrested by Barstow police on Friday, a day after he went to visit his girlfriend and what he believed was his newborn daughter. After finding out his girlfriend did not give the newborn his last name, Jackson allegedly punched her while she was breast feeding. The newborn suffered a skull fracture after being struck by Jackson.

Jackson fled the scene and was apprehended the following day.

An update on the baby’s condition was not available Tuesday, but authorities said Monday that the baby was in neonatal intensive care in stable condition and was expected to recover.

Jackson was a wanted fugitive with a $250,000 warrant for his arrest stemming from a Victorville robbery in 2012. On Monday, Jackson pleaded not guilty to robbery and participating in a criminal street gang in that case.

Jackson, 27, is currently being held at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $250,000 bail, court records show.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information 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. You can also follow him on Twitter at @JoseQuinteroDD.


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