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Woman gets 4 months in jail for child abuse

VICTORVILLE • A Hesperia woman was sentenced to four months in jail for abusing her husband’s 16-year-old daughter, who ran away from their Hesperia home and fled to Pomona.

Blanca Alicia Coronel accepted the prosecution’s offer and pleaded no contest Friday to one misdemeanor count of child abuse. Victorville Superior Court Judge Eric Nakata sentenced her immediately to a four-year probation, including the jail term, based on the plea bargain.

She will also have to complete a one-year child abuse treatment program, according to court records.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia officials received a call from the Pomona Police Department that a young female runaway from Hesperia had contacted them to report her father and stepmother had been abusing her.

The girl had visible injuries consistent with abuse, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies arrested Coronel and her husband, Steve James Pope, following an investigation in June.

Ten additional children under the age of 18, all belonging to the couple, were removed from the home and placed with Child Protective Services, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputy District Attorney Bryan Stodghill said he couldn’t comment on details of the abuse.

The DA’s office turned down the case on Pope due to insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, spokesman Christopher Lee said.

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