San Bernardino County couple arrested, accused of abusing and torturing young family members while living in Rialto

RIALTO, Calif. (KABC) — A San Bernardino County couple have been arrested and charged with abusing and torturing their nieces and nephews for four years while living in the town of Rialto, police said.

Jessica Salas-Ruiz, 26, and Fernando Inzunza, 36, face multiple counts of physical abuse, including corporal punishment of a child. Inzunza was also charged with one count of torture, officials said.

The couple were arrested on May 25 after a months-long police investigation that began on January 18 after the Rialto Police Department was made aware of allegations of physical abuse inflicted on five child victims, aged 11 to 17. , officials said.

Rialto Police said the information relates to an initial Barstow Police Department investigation in August 2021, which alleged the victims were abused for four years while living with their aunt and uncle in a Rialto home located in the 1000 block of E. Jackson Street. .

Detectives conducted forensic interviews with each of the victims who described various forms of abuse and torture, including branding, strangulation and shooting with pellet guns, according to police.

“Sometimes the children during the punishment were made to kneel on rice for long periods of time,” said Rialto police detective Erica Duque. “Or having to kneel outside on the hot concrete on small pieces of gravel.”

Scars consistent with the victims’ account of abuse were discovered during a medical examination.

The couple were incarcerated at the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino County with their bonds set at $750,000 each.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Lt. James Mills at (909) 820-2632. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call WeTip at (800) 782-7463.

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