Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date March 10, 2003
Contact Sergeant John Capen
Phone (909) 320-8076
Fax (909) 320-8043


Police Investigate Possible Child Abuse

Riverside, Ca-  On Monday March 10, 2003 at approximately 12:16 pm, officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to the 9000 block of Colony Place reference a 3-year-old female that was having a seizure. Medical personnel responded and transported the 3-year-old to Riverside Community Hospital. Doctors at Riverside Community Hospital noted severe internal head trauma as well as other injuries that were inconsistent with statements made to officers at the scene. Investigators were called out to the residence to conduct interviews with the family members and subsequently arrested the child’s mother Melissa Sue Osuna, 23 and her boyfriend Ray Timothy Ponce, 22, for suspicion of Child Abuse. The child was transported from Riverside Community Hospital to Loma Linda University Medical Center and remains in critical condition.

The investigation is currently on going and anyone with information is urged to called Detective Rick Cobb at (909) 320-8025 or Detective Ron Whitt at (909)320-8068.