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May 18, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The stepmother of a 10-year-old Riverside boy accused of fatally shooting his father, a local neo-Nazi activist, was charged Tuesday with child endangerment and failure to properly store a firearm. Krista F. McCary and her husband, Jeffrey R. Hall, 32, whom the boy allegedly shot, recklessly stored the loaded handgun on a shelf in the house where their five children had easy access to the weapon, said Assistant Dist. Atty. Ambrosio E. Rodriguez. "There are going to be consequences for anyone who leaves a .357 magnum within easy reach of their small children, especially when that gun kills someone," said Rodriguez, the prosecutor in the case.
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.
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.
October 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 1 million foam baby seats sold by Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other large retailers are being recalled because of reports of young children falling out of the seats, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The agency said it received 28 reports of children falling out of the seats, including three who suffered skull fractures. The baby seats, made by Bumbo International of South Africa, sold for about $40 each.
June 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in San Mateo County Jail for leaving her 8-month-old child at home alone while she tried to steal baby formula to resell online. Kamara Vasilakos, 25, of Redwood City also was placed on supervised probation for three years after pleading no contest to child endangerment and grand theft.
April 10, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A 26-year-old woman is scheduled to appear in court today following a 1:30 a.m. alleged drunk-driving accident in Costa Mesa with four children in her car. In addition to her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and child endangerment, authorities said, Misty Lorie Castro of Los Angeles was also arrested on suspicion of driving without insurance and without a car seat for her 4-year-old son.
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