|For Immediate Release
Case # 08NM14269
November 13, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MOTHER CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING CHILD FOR LEAVING 18-MONTH-OLD BABY IN CAR ON HOT DAY
FULLERTON – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) has charged a mother with endangering her child for leaving John Doe in the car on a hot day. Carla Viridiana Alcantar-Chavez, 26, Fullerton, was charged with one misdemeanor count of child endangerment. If convicted, she faces up to six months in jail. She is expected to be arraigned Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at 8:30 a.m., in Department N-8, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
At 1:22 p.m., on October 21, 2008, Alcantar-Chavez is accused of pulling into the parking lot of TARGET located at 200 West Orangethorpe, Fullerton, and parking her car in full direct sunlight. The defendant is accused of going into TARGET and not returning to her car for approximately 28 minutes. A concerned citizen called 9-1-1 and reported that a baby had been left unattended in a hot car. Alcantar-Chavez is accused of endangering her baby by leaving the windows of the car opened by only several inches. The baby was found soaked in sweat and lethargic when the police arrived. The temperature in the car was approximately 100 degrees.
Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Reed is prosecuting this case.