2 arrested after 1-year-old child declared brain dead by injuries in California motel, police allege
Visalia Times-Delta / Visalia Police
Jasmine Blase, Ezequiel Ramirez

via Visalia Times-Delta:

VISALIA, Calif. (Times-Delta) -- Ezequiel Ramirez, 23, was arrested in Fresno Tuesday in connection with a Visalia child abuse case that left a 1-year-old dead. The child's mother, Jasmine Blase, 18, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of child abuse causing great bodily injury.

Visalia police responded to a Motel 6 just before 11 p.m. Friday for a report of an unresponsive child and found the child had multiple severe injuries. Police say Ramirez and Blase injured the child.

The 1-year-old child was transported to Valley Children's Hospital where testing found multiple bone fractures and significant head trauma. The child was found to have no brain function and declared "clinically" dead by doctors. The child remains on life support while "donor options are determined," Visalia Police Sgt. Celeste Sanchez said.

Ramirez was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of homicide and a parole violation. Blase was booked into jail Saturday on suspicion of child abuse. Her charges are expected to be amended, Sanchez said.

KSEE reports Ramirez is the child's father.

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