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Toddler hospitalized with broken bones; mother's boyfriend arrested

Francisco Javier Chavez, 27, of Paso Robles was arrested Thursday, July 30, 2015, on suspicion of child abuse. Original story »
Francisco Javier Chavez, 27, of Paso Robles was arrested Thursday, July 30, 2015, on suspicion of child abuse. Original story »

A Paso Robles man was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse after a two-year-old girl was hospitalized with multiple broken bones and other injuries, police said.

Paso Robles police received a call at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday from a social worker with San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services about a toddler being treated at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, police Sgt. Clint Winter said. The girl had been transferred from Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, police said.

Detectives went to Madera and found the girl had multiple fractures and other injuries that were inconsistent with information given by the toddler’s mother and live-in boyfriend, police said.

Paso Robles police took the boyfriend, Francisco Javier Chavez, 27, into custody at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and booked him into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony child abuse, Winter said.

By Friday evening Chavez was no longer in custody, jail records show. Winter said he was told Chavez posted the $100,000 bail.

“I was also told that a (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service) hold was placed on him because he was a previous criminal deportee … and our County Jail declined to serve it because they don’t do that here,” Winter said. “So he has made bail and is now gone.”

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Paso Robles Police Department or call Crime Stoppers 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP.

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