Two residents of Big River, Calif. are in custody after being arrested Oct. 12 on charges on child endangerment. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Norman Misaique, 37, and Ann Jorgensen, 37, were arrested for Child Endangerment/Cruelty. Both suspects were booked into the Colorado River Station jail in needles, where they are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
A press release on Nixle stated: “On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at approximately 4:08 p.m., deputies from the Colorado River Station conducted a Child Protective Services investigation at a residence in Big River, CA. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies discovered unhealthy living conditions with approximately 15-20 dogs living inside of the residence, insect activity, and rooms of the home in severe disrepair.”
“Through interviews, it was revealed a 12-year-old victim with special needs had been subjected to severe punishment on numerous occasions,” the release stated.
As a result of the investigation, Misaique and Jorgensen were arrested. The 12-year-old with special needs and two other children were removed from the home and placed in the care of Children and Family Services.
Misaique and Jorgensen were released on their own recognizance Oct. 13. According to court records, they currently have no hearings scheduled.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information about this matter to contact Deputy J. Deruiter of the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department at (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.