Woman Critically Injured In Family Fight; Brother Arrested

ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A violent family fight in Escondido left a woman gravely injured and her younger brother under arrest early today, authorities reported. Patrol officers responding to a report of a medical emergency in the 100 block of East 15th Avenue found 27-year-old Laura Bautista badly hurt and unresponsive shortly before 1 a.m., according to police. Medics took her to Palomar Medical Center, where she was admitted in critical condition.

``The victim's injuries are severe, and she is not expected to survive,'' said Lt. Chris Lick of the Escondido Police Department. 

Officers detained the woman's 25-year-old brother, Jose Enrique Bautista, for questioning.

``Initial information indicated (the siblings) had been involved in a fight stemming from a family argument,'' Lick said. 

After questioning Jose Bautista, detectives arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder. The reason for the family dispute was unclear.

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