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Couple arrested on suspicion of child abuse

John Dickey

Grass Valley police arrested a couple Thursday in connection with the alleged abuse of their then-7-week old baby.

Police say injuries to the infant were so serious that the child was airlifted to University of California, Davis medical center in Sacramento, and has been hospitalized there since Nov. 30.

“This was one of the most serious cases of child abuse we have seen at our agency,” said Police Capt. Greg Hart.

Police arrested Jamey Martinez, 25, and Anthony Martinez, 24, at their Whiting Street residence without incident. The warrant arrest occurred at 12:20 p.m. Thursday.

Both were booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of willful harm of injury to a child.

Bond for Anthony Martinez was set at $100,000 and $200,000 for Jamey Martinez.

Hart said police started their extensive investigation of the complex case on Nov. 30 after Jamey Martinez brought the infant to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital emergency room.

The baby was diagnosed with multiple fractures and head trauma – life threatening injuries consistent with “shaking baby syndrome,” said Hart.

Some of the injuries were potentially life threatening, said Hart.

The case was submitted to the Nevada County District Attorney’s office and an arrest warrant issued last week.

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