5-year-old endured abuse, torture, documents say

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A father and step-mother horrifically abused a 5-year-old girl, new court documents said.

Two suspects, 34-year-old Virginia Rodriguez and 31-year-old Jesse Brown were arrested on charges of felony child abuse on Feb. 23, police said.

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On Feb. 23 Bakersfield police responded to a home and found a 5-year-old girl unconscious. Police said she appeared to have cigarette burns and was extremely malnourished. The 5-year-old weighed 25 pounds.

Documents said the girl had old and new injuries to the head, wrists and ankles.

The girl was still in the hospital three days later. The examining doctor said the girl had been tortured and abused for an extended amount of time.

A second child was taken into protective custody, officials said.

Police increased charges against Brown and Rodriguez Tuesday.

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