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Father, stepmother accused of abusing 10-year-old girl

Detectives have arrested the father and stepmother of a 10-year-old girl after officers found the child had injuries indicating a pattern of physical abuse, police reported Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was treated at an area hospital for her injuries.

Her father, 32-year-old Steven Michael Andrews, and stepmother, 23-year-old Jessica Nicole Leyva, were arrested Saturday night, according to officer Scott Nelson, a Modesto police spokesman.

Andrews and Leyva were arrested on suspicion of willfully inflicting an injury on a child resulting in a traumatic condition and inflicting pain on a child under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

Leyva also was arrested on suspicion of torture, police said. Torture, according to the California penal code, is inflicting great bodily injury with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion or for any sadistic purpose. Torture is punishable by a life sentence in prison.

Leyva was being held Tuesday night at the Stanislaus County Jail on $250,000 bail. Andrews has been released from custody; his bail amount was not available.

The investigation began April 4, when officers responded to a report of child abuse at a Modesto home. Nelson said the officers determined the girl had suffered recent injuries that appeared to be consistent with “severe” abuse.

He said the girl had burn marks and bruising on her body that she apparently suffered over a period of time.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Detective Marta Delgado> at 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus your message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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