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Parents jailed after baby is hospitalized with broken bones

An 8-month-old girl was listed in critical condition Thursday in a Madera hospital and her parents have been arrested on felony charges, police said.

Cmdr. Floyd Higdon of the Merced Police Department said the baby was flown to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera for treatment of multiple injuries including fractured bones.

Higdon said the baby was taken to the emergency room at the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced at 3:50 p.m. by her father, Elbert Lee Bryant, 36, who said she had fallen out of bed.

Detectives Chris Russell and Harry Markarian interviewed the father, Elbert Bryant, and the mother, Deanna Nichole Bryant, 28, about the injuries.

Both parents gave information on how the injures occurred, stating the incident took place last Monday, and the baby's health has been deteriorating since.

Higdon said they were both arrested on charges of willful injury to a child, with an additional charge of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury on the father.

They were booked into Merced County Jail pending arraignment with bail set at $50,000 each.

An older sibling was removed from the home, and released to Merced County Child Protective Services.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Russell at (209) 385-4707, or the Merced Police Department tip line at (209) 385-4725.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2485 or