Father Kills Wife, Abandons 12-Year-Old Girl in Mojave National Preserve

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a 12-year-old girl was left at a Shell gas station in the Mojave National Preserve on Friday night after her father killed her mother by beating her.

Abandoning 12-Year-Old Girl in Mojave Desert

The Sacramento Bee reported that the girl was discovered Friday night at 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, at a Shell Gas Station located on Cima Road in the neighborhood of Mountain Pass, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department added that the girl told the responding officers that her mother, Sonia Flores, had been beaten by her father, Jesus Jaimes-Rosas, and that her father had then abandoned her mother on the side of the road.

The child told the investigators that her father had taken her to the gas station before fleeing the scene. A K-9 team was able to locate Jaimes-Rosas shortly after 1:23 a.m. on Saturday, after investigators discovered his abandoned vehicle, KTLA reported.

Jaimes-Rosas, a resident of Upland who is 37 years old, was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that he had inflicted upon himself.

Meanwhile, Flores, 31, the girl’s mother, was found dead at 11:43 a.m. by investigators, according to the deputies. The authorities did not disclose the location where the body of the mother was discovered.

According to the authorities, Jaimes-Rosas was taken into custody and detained on suspicion of murder. He is not granted bail and is being held at the High Desert Detention Center.

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Child Abandonment: Issue in America

The issue of child abandonment has taken on greater significance in recent years.

A global fertility study found that millions of low-income women aspire to have access to family planning so that they can have only as few children as they can afford to raise.

The organization’s research suggests that there may be as many as a million children living on the streets today.

According to Le Petit Colonel, the United Nations estimates that 60 million children and infants around the world are either homeless or in institutional care because they were abandoned by their families.