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Couple Arrested After 4 Year Old Found Wandering in Street

March 11, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On March 9 at 1:13 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station - Needles Police Department responded to the 1400 block of Front Street in Needles after receiving a report of an unclothed 4 year old boy wandering in the street.

Through the course of the investigation, deputies discovered that the children of Hector Ramirez (age 53) and Teresa Castillo (age 43) were living in an extremely unsanitary and dangerous environment. Based on the condition of the residence and the lack of parental care, Ramirez and Castillo were placed under arrest for PC 273A(a), Cruelty to a Child.

Ramirez and Castillo were arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center, their bail set at $100,000.00. The two children were placed in the custody of Child and Family Services.

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