Police: Critically injured baby living in pot-grow house

12:56 PM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
Maria Hernandez and Raul Aguilar (KXTV)
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MODESTO, CA (KXTV) - Modesto police investigators are trying to determine what happened to a critically injured infant who lived in a home they say had been converted for growing marijuana.

Sgt. Rick Applegate said officers were called to Doctor's Medical Center on Saturday to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child's injuries. The baby was taken to the hospital emergency room by relatives and then transported to Oakland Children's Hospital. The infant remains in critical condition, Applegate said.

According to neigbors, the infant was 7 weeks old.

Officers went to the baby's home on the 100 block of Boulder Avenue. There, Applegate said they found the home's three bedrooms had been converted with lights and stolen electricity to grow 200 pot plants.

Those in the home, four adults and six other children, were living in just the family room and a converted closet, officers reported.

"Definitely shocked. I can't believe that something like this could be happening so close by," neighbor Vanessa Sanchez said.

The children, ages 5 to 12, were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.

Arrested and booked into custody were Elizabeth Aguilar, 18; Daniel Villasenor, 19; Raul Aguilar, 26; and Maria Hernandez, 30, on suspicion of causing injury to a child, child endangerment, marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, Applegate said

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