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Arrests Made in Child Abuse Case

Carlos Rodriguez

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Jovonna Cruz, Eyvar Rivera - Modesto Police Department

MODESTO – Police arrested two people on charges related to child abuse after a child was found with injuries.

Authorities say police responded to an apartment complex on the 1900 block of Oakdale Road for a medical call. Arriving officers found medics and firefighters providing care to a seven year old boy. The child was rushed to a hospital for care. Police say the boy exhibited serious injuries consistent with abuse.

Police arrested the child’s mother, 35 year old Jovonna Cruz along with her boyfriend, 41 year old Eyvar Rivera. Police also said that Cruz was additionally charged with great bodily injury.

A GoFundMe account and social media posts circulating the web show images of the child named David intubated, and exhibiting bruises on the head, arms and legs.

“The doctors say his body is too weak to fight, he went too long without oxygen and now has no brain activity,” the GoFundme account said.

Relatives set up the GoFundMe account in hopes to raise funds for whatever services David may need, and for legal fees to try to gain custody of his sister.

Anyone interested in donating to the GoFundMe account can do so by CLICKING HERE. (Warning: photos of the child are graphic.)

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Homicide Suspect Located, Officer Involved Shooting Reported

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – Investigators with the Modesto Police Department located Friday’s homicide suspect and were involved in a shooting.

Shortly before noon, police located the suspect in Sherwood Park. Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear says during the confrontation officers shot the suspect. The suspect’s condition was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

Officers with the Stockton Police department closed the area around Sherwood Park while authorities conducted a protocol investigation. Bear said several investigations were anticipated in the incident.

Officer Joseph Silva with the Stockton Police Department said his agency took the lead on the critical incident investigation since it happened within the city limits.

The homicide in question happened Friday on the 200 block of Semple Street in Modesto shortly before 9:00pm. Three victims were injured, two died.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Fundraiser Established for Semple Street Shooting Victim

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MODESTO – Family of one of the victims of Friday’s shooting on Semple Street held a vigil over the weekend and established a fundraiser for the unexpected funeral costs.

Friends and relatives gathered in front of the home late Saturday afternoon with candles and flowers to honor the victims who were gunned down in front of a home Friday night. Brandon Wheeler was identified as one of the victims who lost his life.

“Brandon was a loved son, brother and dad,” the organizer of the fundraiser said. “He leaves behind his three kids and family and friends who all loved him dearly. He truly was an amazing man, he would give the shirt off of his back and the shoes off his feet. I could name several times he came home barefoot for this exact reason.”

The shooting happened on Semple Street just north of Jones Street Friday night shortly before 9:00pm. Three people were reported shot in front of the home. Police and medics arrived quickly to provide care for the injured. They were rushed to a hospital where Brandon and another victim passed away. The third victim is expected to survive.

Officials with the Modesto Police Department say detectives have been working hard on the case to find the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Anyone interested in donating to Brandon Wheeler’s fundraiser can do so by clicking on the link here.

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San Joaquin County Homicide Victim Identified

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 25 year old man are asking for tips from the public.

Shortly after 9:00pm Saturday night, deputies with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting near the area of Fremont Street and Oro Avenue just outside the City of Stockton.

Deputies arrived to what officials described as a chaotic scene with one shooting victim. The victim, identified as Alvaro Morales-Yac, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Authorities believe the driver of a dark colored Chrysler 300 with two red stripes on the sides is responsible for the shooting. He was described as a Hispanic or light skinned African American man wearing dark clothing. The suspect was said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call (209) 468-4400.

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