San Bernardino County couple arrested accused of abusing and torturing young family members while living in Rialto

RIALTO, Calif. (KABC) — A San Bernardino County couple have been arrested and accused of abusing and torturing teenage family members for four years while residing in the city of Rialto, police said.

Jessica Salas-Ruiz, 26, and Fernando Inzunza, 36, face multiple charges of physical abuse, including corporal punishment of a child. Inzunza was also charged with torture, officials said.

The couple were arrested on May 25 after a months-long police investigation that began January 18 after Rialto police were briefed on allegations of physical abuse of five teenage victims, ages 11 to 17, officials said.

Rialto Police say the information relates to an initial investigation by the Barstow Police Department in August 2021, which alleged the victims had been abused for four years while they were with their aunt and uncle at a Rialto home in the city 1000 block of E. Jackson Street lived.

Investigators conducted forensic interviews with each of the victims, who described various forms of abuse and torture, including branding, strangling and air gun shots, police said.

A medical examination uncovered scars consistent with victims’ reports of abuse.

The pair were committed to the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino County with their bails set at $750,000 each.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Lt. Call James Mills at (909) 820-2632. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at (800) 782-7463.

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