Two Lodi residents were indicted for child abuse Wednesday after their 5-month-old son suffered injuries that required him to be taken by a Life Flight helicopter to Oakland Children's Hospital. The couple are being held on $200,000 bail.
Yuribel Mendoza Hernandez, 22, and Jose Isaier Perez, 24, took their son to the Ham Lane Urgent Care Clinic on July 8 and said their child had fallen out of a baby swing, according to Detective Eric Bradley, of the Lodi Police Department
The couple lives in the 400 block of East Oak Street. The couple is not married and has been together for a little more than two years, Bradley said.
The staff thought the infant may have contracted meningitis, because he couldn't move his neck, so they transferred him to Lodi Memorial Hospital. The Lodi Memorial Hospital staff re-examined the child and determined the child may have been a victim of physical abuse.
He was transferred to Oakland Children's Hospital on July 10 after Lodi Memorial Hospital staff determined he may have life-threatening head injuries. It was at Oakland Children's Hospital that staff learned that the child had sustained a fractured rib and femur, as well as a skull fracture and retinal hemorrhaging.