Authorities: ‘Tortured’ child suffered burns, possible rat bites

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018|4:22 p.m.

Crystal Stephens

A lady who had been looking after the kid, Crystal Stephens, 42, was detained on a count of murder and was being held without bail, cops said.

The young boy, whose name has not been released, was taken to a health center Monday after Stephens reported he had actually possibly drowned in a bath tub, according to a cops report. The young boy died the next day, police stated.

Stephens said she was bathing the young boy when she left him for a “2nd” and went back to find him “limp and unconscious,” police stated.

Officers responded about 5:20 p.m. Monday to a home in the 300 block of Silverado Cattle ranch Boulevard, near Bermuda Roadway, and discovered the kid in crucial condition, police stated.

He was required to a Henderson healthcare facility, where a medical professional quickly recognized indications of abuse and notified officers, police stated. The doctor informed them he discovered no proof the kid nearly drowned, inning accordance with the report.

Less than 12 hours after the boy was hospitalized, he passed away, authorities said.

Stephens said she had been taking care of the young boy and a 5-year-old sibling for the last two weeks which their mom remained in a shelter, according to the authorities report.

Stephens is arranged to appear in court Sept. 17, prison logs show.

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