Like other counties, Kern Public Health skips reporting child deaths, citing lack of resources | News

Moon-shaped bruises marred a 5-year-old boy’s backside from “owies,” he told a social worker, according to a case report written by a Kern County sheriff’s deputy from an interview between the child and a social worker.

The boy marked three X’s on a body chart using a dark red crayon to show where he believed his father, Mr Bailey, had hit him. With a green crayon and a black crayon, the boy drew a belt in the corner of the page, according to the deputy’s report, which was filed in Kern County Superior Court.

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