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Condition of Murrieta boy at center of abuse case is improving, police spokesman says


Last updated 10/20/2017 at Noon

Benjamin Whitten, a U.S. Navy sailor, and his girlfriend, Jeryn Johnson, are accused of torturing Whitten’s 5-year-old son. Courtesy photo

A 5-year-old Murrieta boy who authorities believe was tortured by his father and his father's girlfriend to the point that he was comatose was starting to show some signs of improvement after months of medical care, a Murrieta Police Department spokesman confirmed.

"His condition has improved," Lt. Ron Driscoll said. "He's no longer in the grave condition that he once was in and he's making some definite medical improvements."

Driscoll couldn't comment beyond that. He said the case had been turned over completely to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office a couple weeks ago, limit...

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