Yreka twins abuse case not ready for evidentiary hearing

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Next week the parents of twins babies accused in an abuse case in Siskiyou County may know what evidence prosecutors have against them.

Both Joshua Njaa and Stephanie Hayes have pleaded not guilty in the case of two-month old children who showed up at a hospital in March with head injuries.

The court battle has been a slow process since the two were charged.

Tuesday their pre-trial conference was continues until next week after the attorney for the Father Joshua Njaa was unavailable for the hearing. Those close to the case tell News 10 his attorney Michael Borges was working a trial in Redding at the time of the scheduled hearing.

The Redding attorney was assigned as a public defender for Njaa in April.

Njaa, 35 of Yreka, has been charged with multiple counts of great bodily harm to a child, aggravated mayhem and corporal injury of a child, according to court records. If convicted, Njaa faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The infant’s mother, Hayes, 31 also of Yreka, was released on her own recognizance but faces two counts of injury to a child.

A May 21 hearing is expected to establish if the prosecution and defense are ready to schedule a hearing for a preliminary examination.

At that time evidence is expected to establish probable cause for the case and likely the public may get a glimpse into what the babies endured for the first time.

They were arrested March 25 after taking the children to Fairchild Medical Center with head injuries. Yreka Police officers spoke to emergency room staff and were told the child had not only a skull fracture but also a major brain injury. Her sister was also discovered with a head injury, according to Yreka police.

Both children were released from treatment at US Davis Medical Center near Sacramento last month.

Child Protective Services declined to discuss the case with News 10. Yreka police said CPS took two other children from the couple into protective custody.

This is not the first time Njaa has been accused of hurting a child. He served four years in prison after pleading guilty to corporal injury of a child in 2002.

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