Stockton mother arrested after toddler falls from third-story window

SACRAMENTO – A Stockton woman was arrested Sunday for child endangerment after her 2-year-old daughter fell from the third floor window of a residential motel and she failed to call for help.

Stockton police said the person who reported the incident at the Knights Inn on N. El Dorado Street at 11:17 p.m. told them the mother came downstairs, picked up the toddler then went back up to her motel room.

Police identified the mother as Deonna Wooldridge, 29, who was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Family members identified the toddler as Juanea Molina and while acknowledging Wooldridge made a mistake by not calling for help after the incident, they say she was convinced her daughter wasn't seriously hurt in the fall.

Venisa Wooldridge, Deonna's mother, said Juanea landed on grass and was walking shortly after the fall.

"She just got the wind knocked out of her," Venisa said. "It's a miracle."

In a news release Monday, Stockton police said the toddler was airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with serious injuries.

But Juanea's paternal grandmother, Shirley Molina, said she had spoken to a doctor treating the child who said she suffered no broken bones or internal injuries from the fall.

"I could see how (Deonna) would think that she wasn't hurt," Molina said. "I believe it was misjudgment on her part, but she's not an abusive parent."

Molina said Juanea's father, Juan, was murdered in Stockton in 2011-- three months before she was born.

Deonna's three other children, who were in the motel room at the time of the incident, have a different father and were released into his custody, according to family members.


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