U.S. Navy Sailor and His Girlfriend beats 5 Year Old Boy

In Murrieta, California, a U.S. Navy sailor and his girlfriend were arrested for severely abusing a 5-year-old boy, beating him until he went into a coma. The two suspects were questioned and their home was searched before the arrests were made. The child remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Rady Children's hospital. His father is Benjamin Matthew Whitten, 33 years old and stationed in San Diego, and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Jeryn Christine Johnson. Neighbors held a prayer vigil outside of the family's home for the injured boy.
Whitten, who was also charged with alleged torture of a minor, is being held on $1 million bail, while Johnson is being held on $75,000 bail. They are being held in Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, respectively.
According to investigators, the child was found to be malnourished, and he had severe injuries. Neighbors who saw him being taken to the hospital say that paramedics were "pumping on his chest".
Neighbors say that the boy was small and frail for his age. They have witnessed him making attempts to play outside, and his father would usually "pull him right back in". Several neighbors, who had children in the same day care as the victim, feel like they "should have noticed that something was not right". Others are in shock that this could happen in their otherwise peaceful neighborhood.
Conditions at Whitten's home were discovered to be extremely unsanitary after an investigation. Animal control officers impounded 11 dogs, four cats, and two fish.
Riverside County District Attorney's Office personnel are assisting in the investigation, while prosecutors are working on filing a criminal complaint. Detectives are planning to interview the boy's relatives and neighbors, as well as the couples friends and acquaintances, in an effort to determine when the abuse began.

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