RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Detectives are seeking witnesses in charges that a 26-year-old woman abused a three-year-old toddler. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies had been called to the emergency room at the Pomona Valley Medical Center on Monday when reports of a suspected child abuse case surfaced.
The child’s mother, Annie Wang, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested the next night when it was determined that the severe injuries had likely been caused by physical abuse. Wang had brought the boy to the hospital, which was located in Los Angeles County, because he was vomiting.
When medical staff examined the boy, they discovered severe bruising on various parts of his body. A detective from Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s station, located in neighboring San Bernardino County, conducted a criminal investigation. Bruising found on the child’s face, abdomen, buttocks and thighs was enough evidence of abuse to arrest Wang, who is a citizen of Taiwan. She resides on the 9600 block of Milliken Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.
The child was taken to the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital later that evening for additional tests and treatment, according to reports. Physicians confirmed to authorities the condition of the boy’s internal and external organs was consistent with physical abuse.
Detectives from the county’s Crimes Against Children Detail concluded that Wang caused the injuries to her son, likely during the last two weeks of May.
At 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, a day after Wang brought her son to the hospital, she was arrested and taken to the Central Detention Center, held originally on $100,000 bail. Bail was since increased to $325,000. She will appear in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court on Friday.
Investigating detectives in the case, Michelle Brand and Matt Gordon, are seeking additional witnesses. “Anyone who might have witnessed the abuse,” said Brand, “or has information regarding the crime is urged to call.”