MODESTO (CBS13) – An injured Modesto boy is in the hospital and his mother and her boyfriend have been arrested on child abuse charges.

On September 13 at around 1 p.m., Modesto police responded to a medical-aid call at an apartment in the 1900 block of Oakdale Road. There, police found a 7-year-old boy receiving life-saving treatment from EMTs and fire personnel, according to a Modesto Police Department statement.

The boy was taken to the hospital with injuries consistent with abuse, say police.

The child’s mother, Jovonna Cruz, 35, was arrested on charges of child abuse and causing great bodily injury. Her boyfriend Eyvar Rivera, 41, also of Modesto, was arrested on child abuse charges.

Editor’s note: It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Cruz was also charged with torture; however, Modesto police said the original charge of torture was an error.



By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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