Police say they are investigating after a mother brought her child into Mercy Hospital after a fall

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police Department says they were called on Feb. 4 around noon by physicians at Mercy Hospital on Truxton Avenue regarding the report of an unresponsive two year old that was brought in by the mother.

The mother reported she brought the child to the hospital after the child choked on a potato chip, police said.

Physicians at the hospital determined that the child was suffering from injuries that were suspicious in nature and called police, officials said.

Detectives served a search warrant at the residence of the child and the investigation revealed the child suffered an apparent accidental fall 10 days earlier, police said.

The mother and her boyfriend sought alternative medical care at a private residence for the child after the fall, police said.

The child is currently in critical but stable condition and has been placed in protective custody along with a five year old sibling during the investigation, police said.

Police said the investigation into the alternative medical care is also ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Rex Davenport at (661) 326-3559 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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