LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal counts against a Pacoima father for allegedly leaving his six-month old child outside his home unattended in a stroller in the early hours of Christmas morning. Jose Chavarria, 29, was charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count of resisting arrest. If convicted, Chavarria could face up to two years in jail and $2,000 in fines. Arraignment is scheduled for today in Department M of the San Fernando Courthouse.
Neighbors reported discovering Chavarria’s six-month old daughter crying in a stroller outside of his Pacoima residence at approximately 2:10 am on the morning of Dec. 25, the outside temperature at the time was 49 degrees and the child was allegedly uncovered and cold to the touch. Chavarria was found by officers inside the residence allegedly heavy intoxicated and passed out on the couch. The defendant was allegedly belligerent with the police and struggled briefly before arrest.
Chavarria was taken into custody on $100,000 bail. The infant was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
Assistant City Attorney Richard Schmidt of the City Attorney’s Valley Criminal Branch Operations is supervising the prosecution of the case.