KEY POINTS

  • Officials at a hospital called the police and reported the physical abuse
  • The 8-month-old baby sustained skull fracture
  • The police believe there could be more victims of child abuse 

Two California daycare workers have been arrested and charged with child abuse after an 8-month-old boy was admitted to a hospital with a skull fracture. 

The officers with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a physical abuse report on Sept. 4 at the pediatric intensive care unit of Loma Linda University Medical Center, KABC-TV reported

Upon initial investigation, the officers found the unidentified baby, who attended the independently-owned Kiddie Academy in Rancho Cucamonga, was under the supervision of the two accused women. Rudie Maldonado and Felicia Ferra allegedly abused the baby and then attempted to hide his injuries, the police said. 

"At the conclusion of the investigation, Rudie Megan Maldonado and Felicia Ann Ferra were arrested for conspiring to conceal the victim’s injuries and neglect of the victim’s well-being," the sheriff's office said.

Maldonado, 29, was arrested Wednesday, charged with child abuse and conspiracy. She was booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino but was released after posting the bail set at $100,000. Ferra, 50, turned herself in on Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff in a press release. She has been booked into the West Valley Detention Center. 

The Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising released a statement on behalf of the Rancho Cucamonga daycare. 

"We are aware of the serious allegations against an assistant teacher and the director of the Kiddie Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, California. We are committed to working with the franchise owners to ensure full cooperation with local authorities," the Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising said in a statement to NBC News.

"As an organization, there is nothing more important than creating environments where a child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development flourishes. We remain committed to ensuring all franchisees maintain our world-class standards," the statement added. 

The police recently released the information and photographs of the women from the September crime as they believe there could be more victims of child abuse involved with the case. 

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the investigation or knowledge of a possible victim to contact Deputy Roger Alfaro at (909) 387-3615. 

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