PALMDALE ( — A 27-year-old woman from Palmdale was arrested Friday on suspicion of assaulting a 2-year-old boy, who was airlifted to a local hospital.

Deputies responded to a 12:42 p.m. call of a child allegedly being struck with a belt at a bus stop.

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When deputies arrived to 10th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, they made contact with the suspect they identified as Michelle Fletcher, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Fletcher was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault and child cruelty.

Authorities said the 2-year-old, who is not Fletcher’s child, was airlifted to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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Another 8-month-old boy, believed to be Fletcher’s, was taken into protective custody, the statement said.

Fletcher was booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Anyone who may have witnessed the alleged incident was asked to call the Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.

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