LANCASTER – An alleged pimp was charged Tuesday with the kidnapping and attempted murder of an 18-month-old girl who was strapped into a car seat and left in a shed in Palmdale.
Brandon Michael Wynn, 33, of Lancaster is also charged with forcing the girl’s mother into prostitution.
Wynn, who’s been in custody since Saturday afternoon, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 4 at the Lancaster courthouse on 13 felony counts involving the toddler, her mother and another woman who was also allegedly forced into prostitution.
Wynn is charged with two counts each of kidnapping, human trafficking to commit another crime and pimping, along with one count each of attempted murder, child abuse, first-degree residential burglary, forcible oral copulation, assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first-degree burglary, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon, bleach.
Wynn allegedly broke into the home of the child’s mother and physically and sexually assaulted her, then kidnapped her, doused her with bleach and left her tied up and naked in the desert, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
Soon afterward, Wynn allegedly kidnapped the woman’s toddler from another location and left the child alone inside a shed in the vicinity of Avenue T-8 and 40th Street East, according to the prosecutor.
An Amber Alert was initiated based on information provided early Saturday by the child’s mother, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department saying later that she had provided false information about her attacker in an apparent effort to protect her pimp.
After an extensive search, Wynn was eventually spotted Saturday afternoon in a car with a 16-year-old boy, according to the sheriff’s department.
Wynn told deputies that the toddler was nearby in the shed, and two sheriff’s sergeants and a deputy rushed to the scene, where they found the child suffering from heat exposure and dehydration and still strapped into a car seat, according to the sheriff’s department.
The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment and then put in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
Sheriff’s investigators pointed out that had the weather in the Antelope Valley been more typical, the child could have died. An unusual rainstorm lessened the effects of the heat.
Bail for Wynn was set Tuesday at more than $3 million. If convicted as charged, he faces a possible maximum sentence of multiple life terms.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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