TAFT, Calif. - On August 14, deputies from the Taft Substation were dispatched to investigate a report of physical child abuse that had occurred in the Ford City area of Taft.
When they arrived, deputies learned that when a two-year-old boy and three-year-old girl returned home from a visitation with the children's father and his fiancée, the children's mother noticed bruising, scratches and multiple bite marks on several locations on the two-year-old.
The child was treated for his injuries at a Bakersfield area hospital.
A Taft Substation patrol detective and detectives from the Sheriff's Sexual Assault and Investigations Unit conducted an extensive two day investigation.
After the investigation, detectives arrested the children's father's fiancée, 18-year-old Ashlynn Westbrook of Ford City for causing the injuries to the child.
Westbrook was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail on felony child abuse and battery with serious bodily injury charges.
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