Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dad charged with felony child endangerment after kids left in car for 15 hours with no food, water (Milpitas, California)

Once again we see all the tell-tale signs of a custody/visitation situation.

Dad is identified as JULIO REYES.

Father arrested for felony child endangerment after children are left in car in Milpitas for 15 hours

by Robert J. Devincenzi and Ian Bauer, Milpitas Post

Posted: 10/31/2013 02:42:25 PM PDT | Updated: a day ago

Milpitas father arrested for leaving children in car overnight.

Julio Reyes, a 29-year-old San Jose resident, was arrested last night after allegedly leaving his two young children alone in a parked car for about 15 hours, until a resident saw movement in the vehicle and called Milpitas Police Department to investigate.

On Wednesday at 12:42 p.m., Milpitas police received a 911 call from a resident on the 200 block of North Hillview Drive reporting a suspicious vehicle parked across from her house all night, which she first thought was empty, had people in it.

Arriving officers discovered a 10-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, both of San Jose, alone inside of the vehicle, a maroon Ford Explorer.

Police say the children had been left alone in the vehicle since 10 p.m. the previous night by their father, Reyes. Investigating officers conducted surveillance on the vehicle and later had it towed, but were unable to locate the dad.

At 11:22 p.m. last night, about 25 hours after leaving the vehicle, Reyes called Milpitas Police Department to report his vehicle and children were missing.

"He knew that he left them in that location ... he went to visit a friend," Maharaj said.

Reyes was interviewed and subsequently arrested. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on felony child endangerment charges.

The children were taken into protective custody and later transferred to the custody of the Department of Family and Children's Services.

Maharaj said the children appeared unkempt.

"They were disheveled; they were hungry and dehydrated. We got them McDonald's food," Maharaj said, adding the children looked like they had not bathed in a few days. "At least that's what it looked like."

Later, their mother, also San Jose resident, appeared at the police station, after being contacted by police.

Maharaj said the case has been filed with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation can call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400.

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