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Like other counties, Kern Public Health skips reporting on child deaths, citing a lack of resources | News

Moon-shaped bruises marred a 5-year-old boy’s back from “owies,” he told a social worker, according to a case report written by a Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputy from an interview between the child and a social worker.

The boy marked three X’s on a body diagram with a dark red crayon to show where he said his father, Mister Bailey, hit him. Using a green crayon and a black crayon, the boy drew a belt in the page’s corner, according to the deputy’s report, filed in Kern County Superior Court.

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