Pasadena parents charged with endangering children Young sons unattended for five hours, police say

April 17, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena man and his wife were arrested Monday on charges they left their 7-year-old and 14-month-old sons home alone for five hours while they went shopping.

Aca Alexander Anderson, 47, and Teresa D. Clifford, 36, both of the 7600 block of Water Oak Point Road, were charged with confinement of unattended children. Mr. Anderson was being held at the county detention center on $50,000 bond and Ms. Clifford on $35,000 bond.

The crime carries a penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The children were placed in foster care, police said.

Police said a neighbor called shortly before 6 p.m. Monday to report that the children had been alone in the house for about an hour.

Officers knocked several times on the front door and tried unsuccessfully to coax the 7-year-old to let them in. No one answered phone calls to the house.

Police broadcast a description of the parents' cars and searched local shopping centers, but did not find them. They finally got into the house through a window shortly before 9 p.m. and found the infant crying in a back room crib.

The 7-year-old told police that his parents left him and his brother while they went shopping, police said.

The parents arrived about 10 p.m. and were arrested.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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