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Torture, attempted murder charges added to suspected abusers of 5-year-old girl

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On Feb. 25, officials in Bakersfield, Calif. added the additional criminal charges of torture and attempted murder to a couple originally charged with the felony child abuse of a five-year-old girl under their care.

ABC News reported that officers with the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a home at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, where they discovered the unconscious little girl who they transported to a local hospital with what were deemed to be “life threatening injuries.”

After an initial medical evaluation, the child was moved to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera. The little girl was in critical condition.

Police revealed that the child had suffered blunt force trauma.

Another female child, of an unspecified age, was removed from the home and placed into protective custody.

Two suspects, 34-year-old Virginia Rodriguez and 31-year-old Jesse Brown were interviewed and later booked into the Kern County Jail for felony child abuse charges, police said.

Jesse Brown is the biological father of the five-year-old, according to BakersField Now.

Police added the charges of torture and attempted murder yesterday “based on 'medical findings' and consultation with the Kern County District Attorney's Office.”

As of last night, the five-year-old was still listed in critical condition at Valley Children's Hospital.

Anyone with any additional information about this case is being asked to contact Detective Brian West with the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-3558.

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