Accused Mom to Be Arraigned This Week

In Best Interest of the Child, Children and Domestic Violence, Childrens Rights, Civil Rights, Single Moms, Single Parenting on August 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Accused Mom to Be
Arraigned This Week

Mother allegedly scalded child to
punish her.

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009, 2:10 PM PDT
Published : Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009, 1:53 PM PDT

Murietta (myFOXla.com) – A 24-year-old convicted felon and child batterer accused of forcing her 2-year-old daughter into hot water to punish her is set to be arraigned Wednesday at the Southwest Justice Center.

Diana Vicky Estrada was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside following her arrest Sunday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies were notified about 2 p.m. by staffers at the A+ Urgent Care Clinic in Lake Elsinore when the toddler was brought in with severe burns on her lower body, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Chavez.

The girl was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, which has a burn unit, Chavez said.

Investigators questioned the mother, who initially told them her daughter accidentally fell into a hot bathtub in which Estrada was cleaning curtains, according to Chavez.

“Upon further investigation, it was determined Estrada held the 2-year- old in hot water as a disciplinary measure,” Chavez said.

The crime apparently occurred Wednesday, and the child’s burns became infected in the ensuing two days, according to Chavez.

Estrada was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in great bodily injury, and her other daughter, a 4-year-old, was taken into protective custody, Chavez said.

Estrada pleaded guilty to child abuse with great bodily injury and serious felony allegations in 2008.

She was sentenced to 48 months probation and 180 days in jail on the weekend work release program. She also was required to take classes on avoiding child abuse and enroll in a program for child batterers.

A few months after her sentencing, Estrada asked for her work release to be modified to house arrest, then to house arrest in San Diego. In early 2009, the court changed it back to work release, though it was unclear why.

Estrada has since allegedly violated her parole on the work release program and is scheduled for a probation violation hearing on Sept. 15.

Arraignment Weds. For Child Abuser – FOX 11 News – myFOXla.com.

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