Father accused of punching child

LUCERNE VALLEY – A 56-year-old father was put behind bars Monday after he allegedly struck his child, authorities said.

Jose Alfonso Sanchez Arias, 56, was arrested on suspicion of inflicting a corporal injury on a child Monday. Sheriff’s officials said in a Thursday news release that Arias was arrested following a report of child abuse at Lucerne Valley High School last Tuesday.

Lucerne Valley Sheriff’s substation Deputy Steven Scranton responded to the school and contacted the victim. The deputy learned the victim and Arias got into a verbal argument on Jan. 15. The argument turned physical and Arias allegedly punched the victim in the face, authorities said.

Deputy Scranton was unable to locate Arias on the day the report was filed, however, Arias voluntarily went into the Victor Valley Sheriff’s station on Monday to speak with Deputy Scranton, where he was subsequently arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office filed a misdemeanor charge of willful cruelty to a child against Arias on Tuesday, but court records show his arraignment was moved to Thursday after an interpreter needed was not present. Booking records show Arias was released late Thursday following a court order. No further information was available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Scranton at the Lucerne Valley Sheriff’s station at 760-248-7655. Those wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-782-7363 or online at www.wetip.com.