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  • Additional felony count filed in child abuse case

  • Bail raised to $100,000 for woman accused injuring fiancee's 2-year-old
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    Another felony count has been filed against the young Taft woman accused of abusing her fiancee's two-year-old son and her bail has been increased.
    Ashlynn Westbrook was arraigned on two felony counts of willful cruelty to a child and one count of assault on a person likely to cause great bodily injury Tuesday in Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield .
    Her bail was increased from $65,000 to $100,000, court records show.
    She is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 3
    Westbrook, 18, was arrested by investigators from the Kern County Sheriff's Sexual Assault and Investigations Unit who were called in to assist deputies from the Taft substation.
    The investigation started in early August, according to a news release, when Westbrook and her fiancee were visited by his two-year-old son and three-year-old daughter.
    When the children were returned to their mother, she noticed bruising, scratches, and multiple bite marks on several locations on the 2-year old, the KCSO reported in a news release.  The child was treated for his injuries at a Bakersfield area hospital.
     
     

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