A 1-year-old child was rushed to the hospital and the child’s mother was arrested on drug and child cruelty charges this month after the baby was found freezing and malnourished outdoors in a stroller.
Julie Marie Galvez, 27, the child’s mother, was allegedly pushing the baby in a stroller around 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the corner of Ocean Avenue and I Street. She was observed by a citizen who was concerned that the baby had no shoes or socks on its feet and was not covered by a blanket. The citizen called the Lompoc Police Department, and officers reported that the child’s feet were visibly blue and cold to the touch.
Officers called for medical personnel, according to LPD, as the baby was freezing, malnourished, and dehydrated. The Lompoc Fire Department responded and began treating the infant. When American Medical Response arrived, the victim was transported to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center emergency room.
After being stabilized at LVMC, the child was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Galvez was arrested after being medically cleared. She was booked at the Lompoc City jail on charges of willful cruelty to a child likely to cause great bodily injury or death and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
A search warrant was obtained for Galvez’s residence, where detectives gathered additional evidence as a part of the investigation, according to LPD.
This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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