SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- A 24-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the death of her 4-year-old stepson in Fort Irwin, about 30 miles north of Barstow, authorities said Thursday.
Rose Marie Schmittle was taken into custody on Tuesday, five days after Benjamin Schmittle was reported unresponsive at a residence on Rhineland Drive, according to inmate records and a news release from San Bernardino County sheriff's officials. The small town of Fort Irwin is home to the Fort Irwin National Training Center, a major U.S. military training facility.
Paramedics responded to a 911 call regarding the 4-year-old around 5:30 p.m. last Thursday. He was first taken to the base hospital, but the severity of his injuries required he be airlifted to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, the Sheriff's Department said.