Fiancee of father of accused of inflicting bits, scratches and bruises on two-year-old

A Taft teenager has been arrested on felony child abuse charges following allegations that two toddlers were injured while under her care.

Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Marc Haiungs gave this account:

On Aug. 4 deputies from the Taft Substation were dispatched to investigate a report of physical child abuse that had occurred in the Ford City area.  Upon their arrival, deputies learned when a

2-year old male child and 3-year old female child returned home from a visitation with the children’s father and his fiancée, the children’s mother noticed bruising, scratches, and multiple bite marks on several locations on the 2-year old.  The child was treated for his injuries at a Bakersfield area hospital.

A Taft Substation Patrol Detective and Detectives from the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault and Investigations Unit conducted an extensive two-day investigation.

At the conclusion of their investigation, detectives arrested the children’s father’s fiancée, 18-year old Ashlynn Westbrook of Ford City for causing the injuries to the child.  Westbrook was transported and booked into the central receiving facility jail on charges felony child abuse and battery with serious bodily injury.

She is being held on $65,000 bail.