Investigators Arrest Modesto Grandmother in Shooting of One-Year-Old Girl

Modesto, CA- Modesto Police detectives have arrested the grandmother of a one-year-old child that was shot yesterday. Investigators are now challenged with trying to understand the circumstances that led to the shooting without having the cooperation from the child’s family.

On Sunday, November 4th, a one-year-old girl, suffering from a gunshot wound was taken to a Modesto hospital by the child’s grandmother, 57-year-old Maria Elena Hernandez. Hernandez initially told officers the child had been shot in a drive-by shooting that occurred in front of their home in the 1600 block of Stone Leaf Court, in south Modesto.

Officers responded to the residence and after speaking to neighbors and assessing the scene, they were not able to corroborate Hernandez’ story. Investigators spoke to other family members and further questioned Hernandez about the shooting. To date, the family members have provided conflicting statements and have been reluctant to explain the circumstances that led to the shooting. Investigators have also yet to confirm the location of where the shooting actually took place.

Investigators determined Hernandez was the caregiver for the child at the time the shooting took place. Due to conflicting statements and because Hernandez was not willing to explain the reason for the child’s injury, while under her care, she was arrested for child endangerment. Hernandez was booked yesterday evening into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have any information regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting to call the police.

The one-year-old child remains in stable, but critical condition and is receiving medical care at a Bay Area Children’s Hospital.