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Toddler Hospitalized, Mother Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Abuse

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VAN NUYS (CBS)  — A Van Nuys woman whose year-old boy was injured was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of child abuse, police said.

Investigators believe the abuse occurred in the 6500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, one block north of Victory Boulevard, in Van Nuys, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

Officials say the child had been struck in the head several times.

Paramedics were called at 7:53 p.m. Wednesday and the boy was flown by air ambulance from Van Nuys High School to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

Daisy Alfaro, 20, was arrested at the hospital around 11 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section. She was being held at the LAPD’s Valley Jail in Van Nuys in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to sheriff’s online booking records.

The Sheriff’s Department website showed that Alfaro was also arrested, apparently for a probation violation, in October of 2010 when she was 18.

The boy was listed in series condition as of early Thursday morning, and the nature of the injuries were not immediately disclosed.

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