22 weapons confiscated – parents arrested for felony child endangerment
While responding to a call for domestic disturbance, the Sierra Madre Police Department took possession of 22 firearms and made an arrest for child endangerment and unlawful storage of a handgun. Sierra Madre Police Chief Joe Ortiz stated “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.”
In the morning hours of Oct. 8 the Sierra Madre Police Department went to a residence in the 500 block of North 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.
Chief Ortiz said “we respect the people’s constitutional right to have firearms inside their residences; 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 ProjectChildSafe.org.