SAN JACINTO: Child abuse report leads to arrest of child’s parents
Writer’s note: Although I listed the name of the female arrested in connection with this investigation, as it was released from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, I chose not to include her image (yet) for several reasons.
Although I have not yet been able to confirm the facts leading to her arrest, certain wording in the press release that mention domestic violence related outreach and reporting programs indicated that while Gustin was arrested, it was possibly based upon her failure to report that her son’s father was abusing the couple’s child.
Also, the fact that Pratt was out on bail for domestic violence related charges and the fact that there are no court records that indicate current or pending charges against Gustin, call into question facts about the case and the circumstances of Gustin’s arrest. Undoubtedly, failure to report the physical or sexual abuse of your child by your spouse is a crime, however, when that person failing to report the incident is possibly a victim themselves, these are questions that can not always be easily answered.
All of these issues played a part in my choice not to include her image, at least until confirming whether printing her image would be warranted.
SAN JACINTO – Reports of a child being abused in an apartment located on E. Main St. in the city of San Jacinto led to the arrest of the child’s parents on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
According to Sgt. Robert Duckett, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, investigators from the San Jacinto Police Station investigated the suspected child abuse. During their investigation, they learned a 6-year-old boy had been the repeated victim of physical abuse for several months.
Based on the findings of their investigations, officials arrested Dean Pratt and Natashia Gustin, both 25-years-old from San Jacinto. Both parents were arrested for felony child abuse.
It was not indicated in either of two separate press releases regarding what role each of the parents played in the alleged abuse, however jail records indicated Gustin was not currently incarcerated and no court records could be located to indicate the district attorney’s office had any pending or current charges against her.
Jail inmate records indicated Pratt was booked into jail on charges of willful harm or injury to a minor, corporal punishment resulting in injury to a minor and committing a felony while out on bail. Pratt was out on bail stemming from a September incident in which he was charged with domestic violence. Pratt’s current bail had been set at $70,000 and as of this report he was being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility. His next court date has been set for Jan. 6 for a Felony Settlement Conference.
In a press release, Sgt. Duckett wrote, “The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, who contracts for the City of San Jacinto Police, would like to remind families of the Alternatives to Domestic Violence Hotline for help with advice, programs, or shelters related to domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help; Call 1-800-339-SAFE.”
This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident or ones similar is encouraged to contact Investigator Roy at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number I153560031 and can remain anonymous.
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