CRIME BRIEFS – May 4, 2017

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez

Body found on San Jacinto street identified

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a female body found at the 2600 block of Esplanade Avenue on April 29.
The victim was later identified as 40-year old Latoya Calhoun. According to a news release, the officer determined Calhoun was the victim of a motor vehicle related incident.
The investigation is ongoing. Please contact Dep. Cortez at the San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 654-2702 with any additional information.

HPD recovers vehicle after reported stolen and followed by owner

Hemet dispatch received a call from the owner of a stolen Mercedes Benz on April 27. The owner, who reported that the vehicle was stolen from her driveway, was following the vehicle at a safe distance as they called dispatch.
Hemet police officers were able to conduct a felony traffic stop on West Mustang Way, resulting in the female driver being called out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
The vehicle was released to the owner after it was recovered. It is not known whether or not the female driver, who has not been identified by police, was booked.

Murrieta mother and grandmother accused of starving boys sentenced

Courtney Lynn Stewart, 26, and her mother, Tammy Lynn Gay, 47, were sentenced to two years in state prison on May 2. Stewart and Gay systematically starved and physically mistreated Stewart’s twin 3-year-old boys. Both women pleaded guilty in February to child abuse. A sentence enhancement was imposed for inflicting great bodily injury. The Riverside County District Attorney’s office dropped a second child abuse charge in exchange for the guilty plea.
Both women will serve their time at Chowchilla State Prison, where they will each need to serve 20 months before they become eligible for parole. Stewart was arrested as a result of a month-long investigation conducted by Murrieta police. The abuse had allegedly been going on since 2012. Stewart became the focus of the investigation after Rancho Springs Medical Center hospital staff noticed that the child, who weighed less than 15 pounds at the time, was emaciated and was covered in bruises. Riverside County Child Protective Services took custody of the child, had him admitted to the hospital for treatment, and transferred him to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for intensive treatment. After Murrieta police visited Stewart’s residence, officers found the other twin also suffering from malnutrition and a broken jaw.

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