Riverside County prosecutors say that a Murrieta couple is facing criminal charges for allegedly torturing and abusing a child, who remains in grave condition. Los Angeles Times reports that police received a 911 call on Tuesday about a child in “medical distress” at a home in the 24000 block of Verdun Lane.
Responding officers and members of the Murrieta Fire and Rescue found a frail and injured 5-year-old boy inside the Murrieta home who appeared to be malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention. Paramedics were called to the scene and began executing chest compressions on the child because he was said to have stopped breathing.
“They brought out the little boy on the stretcher, and they were trying to get him to breathe,” said a neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous. “He wasn’t breathing. They were pushing on his chest.”