6.28.12 Child Welfare

28 June 2012 by Lt. Todd Umstead

On June 27, 2012 at 8:38 p.m. Officer Chris Genetti responded to the 500 block of Second St. for a disturbance call. Off. Genetti located an adult female who was highly upset. The woman told Off. Genetti that her 4-month-old son was locked inside her apartment with the child’s father, Victor Luis Rivera, a 24-year-old male with no known address, who was supposed to be watching the child while the mother was at work. The woman had tried repeatedly but could not get the father to respond to the door. The child could be heard crying loudly inside the apartment. Off. Genetti could see that there was someone lying on a couch inside the living room, but despite repeated pounding on the door, the subject did not move. The child continued crying non-stop. A property manager was summoned and brought a key to unlock the apartment door. Officers located Rivera unconscious on the couch with the screaming infant on his lap. It took several attempts to awaken Rivera. Rivera appeared to be under the influence of some type of controlled substance and was lethargic, confused, had constricted pupils and had a slurred speech pattern.   

     The child was treated at the scene by EMS and released to his mother. The property manager informed Off. Genetti that Rivera had been issued a trespass notice on June 20th, banning him from the property.

     Off. Genetti charged Rivera with Criminal Trespass and Endangering the Welfare of a Child before MDJ Cheryl Hartman.

All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.