San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: March 26, 2016 / 12:23 pm

INCIDENT:Penal Code 273a(a) – Willful Cruelty to a Child LOCATION:62500 block of Golden Street, Joshua Tree SUSPECT(S):Daniel Kitchens, 25 years, Joshua Tree VICTIM(S): 5 year old male, Confidential 9 year old male, Confidential

Summary

On March 26, 2016, at approximately 12:23 pm, Deputy A. Millan was dispatched to the 62500 block of Golden Street in Joshua Tree reference a possible child abuse report. The investigation revealed that six children lived at the location, ranging from 8 months to 11 years old, with their parents. The parents had a roommate, Daniel Kitchens, living with them for the past year and he had been allowed to watch the children occasionally for short periods of time. Deputy A. Millan learned that Kitchens had used a hand held stun gun on the 5 year old male as punishment and also used it on the 9 year male while playing around with him. Kitchens was located in 29 Palms and interviewed; and the stun gun was recovered. The parents had no idea Kitchens was harming their children, and once the parents and a grandmother learned of the incidents, they reported it to the Sheriff’s Department immediately. The remaining four children had not been harmed by Kitchens during the incidents. Daniel Kitchens was arrested for penal Code 273a(a) – Willful Cruelty to a Child, and booked into the Morongo Basin jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail. Refer:Steve Wilson, Sergeant Station: Morongo Basin Station Case #: 091600478

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700