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Date Released: 11/12/2008
Subject: Suspect Captured in Child Abuse Case
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 200807247
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Eureka

The McKinleyville man suspected of abusing and torturing his daughter has been arrested by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies. At about 10:00 this morning Deputy Kenny Dison received an anonymous tip that indicated Fernando Joel Calderon, 26, was at a residence on the 1300 block of I Street. Deputy Dison responded to an apartment there and located Calderon. Deputy Dison arrested Calderon and took him into custody without incident.

Deputies had been looking for Calderon since receiving the initial child abuse report last week. Family members had become alarmed at the child’s condition after she returned from an unsupervised visit with Calderon and they called the Sheriff’s Office. The victim’s injuries were significant enough that they required medical treatment.

Calderon was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for charges that include torture, inflicting unjustifiable pain upon a child, and inflicting an injury upon a child. Additionally, Calderon had outstanding warrants for driving on a suspended license and a probation violation. He is not eligible to post bail due to the status of the warrants. He is expected to be arraigned by Friday.