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Marine Accused Of Beating 5-Month-Old Girl Into A Coma

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A Marine has been arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend's 5-month-old daughter so severely that went into a coma. Joshua Rafeal Jeter, 24, is a U.S. Marine who is stationed at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Joshua Tree, KTLA reports. He is accused of beating his girlfriend's baby daughter so severely that she suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her in coma. She was initially taken to the High Desert Medical Center, but was later flown to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

Police first received reports of the attack on November 19 and arrested Jeter on November 21. He has been booked on suspicion of assault resulting in death, comatose state or paralysis of a child under 8 years of age, and is scheduled to appear in court on December 9.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman told the Daily Breeze that the child is still in extremely critical condition.

"Detectives are constantly in touch with the doctor caring for her. I called this morning to get an update, and it doesn't sound like she's improving at all."

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Anyone with additional information should call Det. Jacob Gault or Sgt. Dana Foster at 909-387-3615.