A staff sergeant on the Marine Base in Twentynine Palms was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the base’s Child Development Center at 1:50 p.m. after child care workers found a girl had sustained injuries. Deputies discovered the girl had sustained bruising to her left cheek and redness on her collar bone. Calixtro Martinez, 34, with VMU-3 at the Combat Center, was arrested for investigation of felony cruelty to a child. Calixtro Martinez was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.


  • Molly Williams

    I am Calixtro’s Mother-in-law. I would be more than happy to talk about the wonderful man he is, and why these charges are WAY OUT of line. Calixtro is an extremely caring Father of three beautiful girls. He is a well mannered, articulate,and intelligent person. He has been awarded many Military Honors,and served proudly in Afghanistan. My Son-in-law joined the Marine Corp following Sept. 11, 2001. He is a Patriot and a Hero. I have known him for many years, and this allegation against him is false.

  • little sister

    This News report is inaccurate considering A. my brother in law is innocent until proven guilty and B. the injuries sustained to the child are false. My brother in law is in NO WAY guilty of these accusations and I stand behind that because he is in fact a good person. I want the pubic to know that Calixtro is an innocent man who is nothing but a good father to his children and has never had a past history with violence. He did not put his daughter in harm’s way and he never has because he is a loving, caring father to those children and the state of California is making a big mistake by taking him to court.

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