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Yreka Police investigate child abuse after 2-month-old hospitalized

Investigators now believe that two children were harmed by their parents — with both children exhibiting brain injuries.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 11:59 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 5:08 PM

YREKA, Calif. — Police in Yreka have launched an investigation into potential child abuse after a 2-month-old child was hospitalized with a major head injury, leading officers to another injured child.

Officers first responded to Fairchild Medical Center around 5 p.m. on Monday after hospital staff reported the first child's suspicious injuries.

"Officers spoke to emergency room staff and were told the child had not only a skull fracture but had a major brain injury," the Yreka Police Department said.

As the investigation continued, officers realized that the first child's twin sister also showed signs of major injuries. Doctors determined that the sister also had a brain injury after examining her.

Both children were rushed to UC Davis Medical Center for further care, and Yreka Police said that they were listed in "critical condition but stable" as of Tuesday morning.

Serving a search warrant in the 800-block of Knapp Street in Yreka, Yreka police and officers from the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team (SUMIT) arrested 31-year-old Stephanie Hayes and 35-year-old Joshua Njaa on charges of willful harm or injury to a child.

"Child Protective Services were contacted and took the other two children into protective custody," Yreka Police said.

Investigation is ongoing into the child abuse allegations. This is a developing story.

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