Boy Critically Injured; Modesto Man Arrested

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A 28-year-old Modesto man is under arrest
on suspicion of child abuse and torture after he was allegedly found home alone with a severely injured boy.

Police say Roberto Valencia turned himself in Saturday. The 19-month-old Modesto boy was found unresponsive by Valencia's mother on Thursday.

The boy was flown to Children's Hospital Oakland, where a nursing supervisor said he remains in critical condition. Police would not provide details of the boy's injuries.

Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach said the baby's mother, Valencia's girlfriend, had taken a sibling to a doctor's appointment.

Gundlach said Valencia went to a Modesto hospital with the boy but was gone when detectives arrived.

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Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-07-20-08 1821EDT


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