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Ceres Police Department
Thursday March 17th, 2016 :: 04:49 p.m. PDT


Two arrested for child endangerment:

March 17, 2016
Ceres Police Department
Public Information Unit
Office of Chief Brent Smith
PIO: Sgt. Berber

Ceres CA- – On 3/15/16, at 08:35 AM, Officers were sent to the 2600 Block of Roeding Rd. for a family disturbance. Jesus Chavez 41, reported being in an argument with his wife Analisha Melendrez 37. Jesus Chavez told the officer he was trying to leave the house when Analisha Melendrez “touched” him on the arm with a baseball bat. Jesus Chavez asked the officer to standby while he gathered his things to leave.

While the officer tried to mediate their constant arguing, an 18 month old girl walked up to an officer holding a non-locking prescription bottle of Loratadine. The bottle contained 20 tablets. The parents continued to argue and never noticed the child trying to open the bottle.

This caused the officer to remove the bottle from the child and ask questions about the 18 month old and the 6 year old girl’s condition. Both appeared to be unbathed. The investigation determined the house did not have any running water for two months. The officer inspected the home and saw cockroaches throughout the home, the floors were soiled with rotten food, dirt and debris built up from lack of cleaning. Large pieces of furniture were stacked up on top of each other. Dressers had unsecured items on top of them that could easily fall on a child. Moldy food was found in the kitchen area that could have caused illness if ingested. The sink was full of what appeared to be vomit.

A crib was found in the children’s room filled with dirty clothing and items that could suffocate a child. There was no place in the room safe for a child to sleep. The room was heavily soiled with dirty clothing and random items. The toilet was full of feces.

A wall heater was unsecured from the wall in the living room. A 220 volt electrical outlet was dangling six inches from the ground endangering a child of electrocution. The outside of the house had exposed wires in the areas were the played. The driveway had debris, chemicals and building materials.

The girls appeared to be hungry. The six year old told an officer she had not eaten since breakfast the day before. Officers received crackers from neighbors who heard about the condition of the girls. The 18 month girl was in a soiled diaper. A Ceres female officer transported the girls to the police department to change the baby and allow the oldest to use the bathroom. The baby was found to be suffering from a severe diaper rash.

Child Protective Services were summoned to the scene. Jesus Chavez and Analisha Melendriz voluntarily submitted to a urine drug test. Their urine samples tested positive for methamphetamine. The children were taken into protective custody and the parents were arrested and charged for child neglect and child endangerment. Analisha Melendriz was additionally charged with violation of probation.

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