A 13-year-old boy’s step-grandparents have been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon after the boy told sheriff’s investigators he had been beaten with a broom handle, a mallet and an electrical cord, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Deputies arrested Gina Marie Lockridge, 31, and Harry Lockridge, 52, Friday. Gina Lockridge’s 13-year-old son was also taken into custody in connection with the case.
A sheriff’s spokesman said the victim, who was staying in Los Angeles after leaving his step-grandparents, first reported the beatings to the Los Angeles Police Department on March 13. San Diego County sheriff’s investigators went to Los Angeles to talk with the boy. He told them he had undergone beatings from his step-grandmother and her son in the 200 block of Mission Road in San Marcos, where he had lived since October, investigators said.
Following the boy’s complaint to police, three other juveniles at the San Marcos home were taken into protective custody.
The sheriff’s investigators examined the boy and found his body covered with cuts and bruises. He was treated at a hospital in Los Angeles and has been placed in a foster home there, the spokesman said.
Gina and Larry Harrington were being held in County Jail in lieu of $100,00 bail each. Gina’s son was being held at Juvenile Hall.