The Turlock man accused of putting a 2-year-old in the hospital with life-threatening injuries was in court Friday for an arraignment on a felony child abuse charge.
Brandon Rodriguez, 33, is charged with a felony count of permitting a child to suffer under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death. The charge comes with the enhancement that during the offense Rodriguez “did personally inflict great bodily injury upon John Doe, age 2,” according to the criminal complaint filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
Rodriguez did not enter a plea Friday to the charge against him. His arraignment was put over to May 29 and the judge granted the prosecution’s request to issue a stay away order impelling Rodriguez to have no contact with the 2-year-old boy or his mother. Rodriguez is out of custody on a $150,000 bond.
Few details have been released about the incident that led up to the 2-year-old boy being hospitalized.
The child’s mother left her son in the care of Rodriguez, who is her brother-in-law, on March 22. They all resided at the same home in the 3100 block of Linfield Court.
Sometime between 11 p.m. March 22 and early March 23, is when the child sustained his injuries, which included a severe head trauma.
The mother returned home March 23 and was told her child had been acting oddly during an outing to the flea market and had seemed abnormally tired. The mother took the boy to Emanuel Medical Center, which then transferred him to Children’s Hospital in Madera.
At the time his injuries were described by the Turlock Police Department as life-threatening. The TPD could not give an update on his condition, citing patient confidentiality.
Rodriguez was interviewed by detectives and taken into custody March 23. The charge against him was filed April 14.