Friday, August 2, 2013

Drunk dad abandons 9-year-old son at skate park (Moline, Illinois)

Once again, we have an apparently alcoholic dad who neglected a child. But this time, there is absolutely no mention of a mother in the home or anywhere else. We have mention of an aunt, a grandma....what happened to Mom? And why does this boozing freak apparently have custody?

Dad is identified as RAUL LOUIS LIENDO.

Police: Boy missing for hours while dad drinks

July 31, 2013 12:55 pm • Brian Wellner

A boy who had been missing for several hours Sunday after his father left him alone so he could go drinking is in the safety of a relative, police said Wednesday.

Raul Louis Liendo, 45, of Moline is accused of leaving his 9-year-old son alone at the Davenport skate park on West River Drive around midnight, when it was closed, and going to a local tavern to drink.

When he returned an hour later, the child was gone, his arrest affidavit states.

Liendo, who didn't know where his son went, waited until 2:52 a.m. to call police, or about an hour and 50 minutes after he returned to the skate park and discovered his son wasn't there, the affidavit states.

By 6 a.m. Sunday, police still hadn't located the child, the affidavit states.

It wasn't until later Sunday that police learned the defendant's sister had arranged for someone to pick the child up in the area around the skate park, Davenport Police Capt. Dale Sievert said.

"The child is OK and was found at home with (the defendant's) sister," Sievert said.

Police aren't sure how long the child was missing. Sievert said that when officers went to sister's house, they did not answer because they were asleep. It wasn't until the grandmother later checked the house that police knew the boy was at the home, he said.

Although the child was unharmed, police say Liendo put his son in great risk. The area around the skate park in the 900 block of West River Drive is described by police as a place where "high crime activity occurs," including prostitution, fights and narcotics sales, according to Liendo's affidavit.

He left his son without adult supervision and without a cellphone, the affidavit states. When police talked to Liendo, he appeared intoxicated, the affidavit states.

Liendo is charged with child endangerment, which is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. He's also charged with a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.