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DATE/TIME: Friday, June 15, 2018

INCIDENT: PC 273a(a) Willful Cruelty to a Child

LOCATION: The city of Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County

VICTIM: Five-month-old female

SUSPECT: Caitlin Danielle Hourston, 22-year-old resident of Fort Irwin

BAIL AMOUNT: $100,000


On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the victim’s mother took her to Weed Army Community Hospital Emergency Department in Fort Irwin for an unexplained injury to her left thigh. Upon medical examination, the victim was found to have a fracture to her left femur and was transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Forensic Pediatricians from LLUMC examined the victim and discovered the victim also had a subdural hematoma. All of the vicitm’s injuries were consistent with suspected child abuse. Caitlin Hourston babysat the victim and other children in an unlicensed daycare in Fort Irwin. On Friday, June 15, 2018, Hourston was arrested for PC 273a(a), she was booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino and her bail was set for $100,000.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are releasing Hourston’s booking photograph. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Lisa Guerra (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).

Refer: Detective Lisa Guerra, Crimes Against Children Detail

Station: Specialized Investigation Division

Case No. DR #081800847

Phone No. (909) 387-3615

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department