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Arrest for Child Endangerment

May 29, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Friday May 27, at approximately 11:57 a.m., deputies from the Needles Police and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Colorado River Station were dispatched to a house on the 500 block of Acoma Street, in Needles following the report of two abandoned children.

When deputies arrived on scene, a three year old child and seven month old child were found in the residence. The parents of the children were found asleep in a bedroom. The interior of the residence was deemed unsafe due to animal feces and human waste. A foul odor was emitting throughout the residence.

After further examination of the residence and speaking with the parents, both Tiffany Jenson (age 22) and James Nagel (age 44) both of Needles, were arrested for Child Endangerment and transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking. Bail was set at $100,000.

The children were released into the custody of Children and Family Services.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Needles Sheriff’s Station at (760) 326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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