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Drunk mom dropped baby on head repeatedly, police say

June 26, 2012 |  2:46 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

A Victorville woman who allegedly picked up her 4-month-old baby by the feet and dropped him on his head several times was arrested Saturday on suspicion of child cruelty, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to the house at 9:12 p.m. after a 911 call by neighbors and found the baby crying on the front porch, with visible injuries to his head, nose and chest.

His mother, 29-year-old Tanya Plessinger, was next to the baby on her front porch, “unresponsive and limp” and reeking of alcohol, when the deputies arrived at their home on the 1500 block of 11th Street, sheriff’s officials said.

A witness told deputies that Plessinger had dropped the baby several times, “picking the child up by his feet and dropping him on his head," according to a statement released by the sheriff’s department.

The child’s father, 30-year-old Lonnie Turner, came out of the house while deputies were investigating and also displayed signs of intoxication, authorities said. Turner also was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty.

The baby was transported to a local hospital and is still being treated for his injuries.

Both Plessinger and Turner are being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $100,000 bond apiece.


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