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23-year-old Modesto man charged in injury to toddler

Detectives on Friday morning arrested a Modesto man suspected of severely shaking and seriously injuring a 14-month-old girl he was watching at his home Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

The girl was being treated at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, where she was listed in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon, said Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz.

He said Isaac Hayes Ramirez, 23, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. He was being held Friday evening at the Stanislaus County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000.

The injured toddler, her mother and her 2-year-old brother live in an apartment in northwest Modesto with Ramirez and his girlfriend. The girlfriend is the mother's sister, Armendariz said.

Ramirez is listed as the care provider for the injured girl and her brother when their mother is at work.

Armendariz said the mother was not home when the incident occurred.

About 12:15 p.m., Modesto police officers and medics responded to a report the toddler was having a seizure at the home in the Shadowbrook apartment complex at 3001 Hahn Drive near Standiford Avenue, Armendariz said.

The girl was first taken by ambulance to a local hospital before she was transferred to Oakland because of the extent of her injuries.

Ramirez initially told authorities the toddler was injured while she was playing with her brother. At the time, Ramirez was watching the two children.

Armendariz said hospital officials determined the toddler had symptoms of shaken baby syndrome.

Detectives continued to speak to Ramirez about the circumstances surrounding the girl's injuries, finally gathering enough evidence to arrest him and charge him with a crime.

The girl's mother and Ramirez's girlfriend have cooperated with detectives, Armendariz said. The girl's brother was not injured during the incident and is with his mother.

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

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