Northeast Bakersfield

Child's injury, 'alternative medical care' under investigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Two children have been taken into protective custody after one of the children didn't receive needed medical care and fell into critical condition, police said Thursday.

The investigation began Tuesday when staff at Mercy Hospital grew suspicious of the child's injuries. The medical staff called police.

The mother, whose name was withheld, brought her unresponsive 2-year-old son to the hospital and claimed he choked on a potato chip.

Investigators determined that the boy had actually been hurt in a fall 10 days earlier at a home on the 400 block of Whitlock Street. The mother and her boyfriend sought "alternative medical care at a private residence" instead of taking the boy to a hospital, according to police.

The alternative medical care is also under investigation, now.

The child's 5-year-old sibling was taken into protective custody.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Rex Davenport at (661) 326-3559.