SUGARLOAF, Calif. (TCD) — Deputies arrested a 33-year-old woman and her 32-year-old boyfriend over the weekend after the woman’s 1-year-old son was found unresponsive and later died.
According to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at approximately 8:09 p.m., deputies responded to the 700 block of Santa Barbara Avenue, where they found the victim, Henry Wheatley Brown, unresponsive and suffering from severe burns all over his body. The 1-year-old boy was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Sheriff’s Office learned the boy had suffered additional likely abuse-related injuries.
Deputies arrested the victim’s mother, Samantha Garver, and her boyfriend, Sergio Mena, on suspicion of murder. Additionally, Garver was arrested on an outstanding warrant for child abuse.
According to court records obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Garver pleaded guilty to willful cruelty to a child but failed to show up for her 100-day sentence and was classified as a fugitive in 2014.
Garver and Mena remain held in the San Bernardino County Jail without bail.
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