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Covelo Woman Arrested for Inflicting Injury on a Child and Three Children Placed in Protective Custody

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The following is a press released from Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

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On 12-21-2020 at about 12:00 PM Child Protective Services (CPS) contacted the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office about a possible child abuse situation that had taken place the previous week in Covelo, California. 

Deputies were advised the child was a 4 year-old female who had numerous visible bruises on her body, and had been treated at a local hospital due to her injuries.

The Deputy conducted numerous interviews and learned the 4 year-old child had defecated on the floor at a residence in Covelo which upset the mother, Samantha Dildine, who struck the child with a wooden branch causing the visible injuries.

Dildine was subsequently arrested and transported to the Mendocino County Jail for inflicting injury to a child (273(A)A PC).

In accordance with the COVID-19 emergency order issued by the State of California Judicial Council, bail was set at zero dollars for Dildine and she would have been released after the jail booking process.

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The Deputy conducting the investigation contacted a Mendocino County Judge who authorized a bail enhancement to $25,000.00 and an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) to protect the child.

The Deputy and CPS social worker conducted follow-up investigations and determined there were two other children living at the residence in Covelo. 

The follow-up investigations showed there was a 1 year-old female child and 3 year-old female child at the residence that had similar injuries on their bodies.

The Deputy contacted a Mendocino County Judge and obtained an EPO to also protect these children.  All three children where placed into protective housing by CPS.


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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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