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December 30, 2009 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Clark has spent years reviewing videos of store crimes. But nothing prepared him for the video shot on Christmas Day at a Paramount clothing shop. The surveillance tape shows a woman and two small boys walking into the store. As the woman distracts the clerk, the children grab money out of an unlocked cashier's drawer. The boys are also seen testing the store's antitheft alarm. "This is the first for me," Clark said. "I've heard of it, but I've never seen it captured on video and with the children this young.
June 19, 2009 | Tony Perry
A San Diego County Superior Court jury began deliberations Thursday in the case of a San Diego police officer charged in an off-duty shooting that left a mother and her 8-year-old son wounded. Officer Frank White, now on unpaid leave, is charged with one felony and one misdemeanor in the March 2008 shooting in an Oceanside parking lot. White fired five times, hitting Rachel Silva, 28, in the right arm and her son in the leg. White testified that he feared for his life and that of his wife when Silva drove her car aggressively toward him in a "road rage" incident.
A mother of nine who was arrested after authorities found a dead fetus stored in the refrigerator of her trash-strewn home was convicted of child injury and child endangerment. Jurors deliberated 32 minutes before finding Gloria Ramirez, 28, guilty of one count of injury to a child and six counts of child endangerment. Police arrived at Ramirez's home in 2007 after her husband asked a funeral home about a casket for a miscarried fetus. They found rodents, roaches, dirty diapers, moldy food and the fetus inside a white baby-wipes box in the refrigerator.
December 4, 2008 | Maria L. LaGanga, LaGanga is a Times staff writer.
The boy was naked except for a pair of gray boxer shorts. He was covered with soot and gashes and shackled with a heavy chain when he flopped over the 8-foot-high backyard fence and landed in a health club parking lot, free. Alarmed, a member of In-Shape Sports Club raced to see if the youth had been injured when he hit the cold pavement in this Bay Area bedroom community.
June 10, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The state attorney general's office Monday filed drunk driving and other charges against a woman whose traffic confrontation with an off-duty police officer ended with her and her 8-year-old son being shot. Rachel Silva, 27, was charged with felony child endangerment for putting her son in "circumstances likely to produce great bodily injury or death."
March 20, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
A woman having sex Monday didn't notice that her shower curtain had caught fire, having disabled her apartment's smoke alarm to smoke methamphetamine, which she stored in an adjacent room where a baby was sleeping, authorities said. Susan Ruth Charnitski, 43, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and child endangerment, said Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. Nancy Gafner. A candle in the bathroom ignited the plastic curtain, Gafner said, triggering a sprinkler in the building in the 1000 block of Calle Del Cerro.
February 23, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
An Anaheim mother remained in custody Friday on suspicion of felony child endangerment after her 13-month-old son drowned in their unfenced backyard pool. Police said they also are reexamining a case in 2005 when another of the woman's young sons died. Anaheim Police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said the boy's 12-year-old sister placed the 911 call about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, saying that her brother was in the family's backyard pool. When police arrived at the residence on Melanie Drive, the children's mother, Paige Looney, had pulled her son out of the water and was giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Schmidt said.
January 9, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A 25-year-old Northridge man who allegedly dangled his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter from a second-story motel railing in Sylmar on Tuesday was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said. Los Angeles police officers responding to reports of a kidnapping in progress about 1 a.m. found Antonio Llerenas fighting with his girlfriend at the Del Monico Motel at 13055 San Fernando Road, police said. Llerenas, who is not the baby's father, reportedly struggled with police.
November 30, 2007 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
In the end, the "Kid Nation" pre-premiere hoopla amounted to much ado about nothing. The children of Bonanza City never came close to building a new town; the grown-ups who publicly stated they were investigating the production for possibly skirting child welfare and labor laws never got a probe off the ground; and CBS did not get the big hit it was hoping for. The CBS reality show came under fire this summer after New Mexico officials charged that CBS and Good TV Inc.
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