District Attorney files felony child endangerment
charges against intoxicated father
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News
March 7, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A San Francisco man will appear
in court Wednesday morning to face charges he left his 1-month
old son in a rain puddle on Sunday.
The San Francisco District Attorney's office today filed two
felony counts of child endangerment against 21-year-old Johnni
He also faces one felony count of false imprisonment and one
misdemeanor count of giving false information.
"Each count of child endangerment carries a maximum of six
years in state prison," said Bilen Mesfin, a spokeswoman
for the district attorney's office.
Perez was arrested around 8 p.m. Sunday after police found his
son lying underneath a van parked on Fifth Avenue near Geary Boulevard
in the city's Richmond District.
Police say an intoxicated Perez and his son's 22-year-old mother
argued over Perez's drinking. After Perez took the boy on a walk
against her wishes, the young woman called Perez's father for
help, and Perez's father then called police.
Responding officers took Perez into custody and found his baby
nearby. The infant was cold and wet but uninjured, police say.
Perez's arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. in San Francisco
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