Felony Child Endangerment Arrest in Sierra Madre After Police Find Loaded Handgun on Kids’ Dresser, 21 More Guns in House

Published : Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 3:33 PM

While responding to a call concerning a domestic disturbance, Sierra Madre Police officers took possession of 22 firearms and made an arrest for child endangerment and unlawful storage of a handgun.

In the morning hours of October 8, the Sierra Madre Police Department went to a residence in the 500 block of N. Michillinda Avenue, in regards to a domestic disturbance involving a husband and wife.

While officers were completing their investigation, they learned the wife had allegedly injured the husband during the incident.

The wife was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence.

While still at the scene, officers saw a loaded handgun lying on a dresser in a bedroom belonging to the couple’s children. The husband was arrested for alleged child endangerment and unlawful storage of a handgun.

Subsequently a consent search of the property yielded 21 additional guns which the officers took into custody for safe-keeping, according to Sierra Madre Sergeant Kyle Bailey.

Sierra Madre Police Chief Ortiz reported “the children were removed from the home and placed in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, due to the general living conditions and safety concerns found in the residence, including leaving a loaded handgun on a dresser in the children’s bedroom.”

“We respect the people’s constitutional right to have firearms inside their residences,” Ortiz said, “however we are legally and morally responsible to ensure firearms do not get into the hands of our most precious members of our community, which are our children. Thankfully, a tragedy may have been averted thanks to the observations and thorough investigations of the officers involved in this incident.”

If you own firearms and have children in your home, you can learn more information and obtain a free gun lock through www.ProjectChildSafe.org, authorities said.






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