STOCKTON (CBS13) – A 2-month old baby is in pediatric intensive care and the father is in police custody accused of child abuse, the Stockton Police Department announced on Friday.

An investigation into the baby’s injuries began on Nov. 11 when UC Davis Medical Center advised police that the baby was admitted with serious injuries and was not expected to survive.

Stockton police said the hospital told them the injuries were consistent with child abuse.

Mugshot of Matthew Garcia, 24, who is accused of child abuse after his 2-month-old baby was admitted into pediatric intensive care with serious injuries (credit: Stockton Police Department)

The baby’s father, Matthew Garcia, 24, was arrested Friday and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for felony child abuse.

According to police, the alleged abuse happened at the family’s home along E. Marsh Street, just southwest of Souse Park.

Investigators encourage anyone with information relevant to Garcia and the case to contact the Stockton Police Department.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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