California mom accused of shackling 10-year-old son
By CNN Staff updated 5:30 PM EDT, Sun Jul 21, 2013
Irma Navarro, 37, is scheduled to appear in court Monday
She was booked on suspicion of willful child cruelty
Her three children have been placed in protective custody
(CNN) -- A California mother is scheduled to appear in court on Monday after being accused of wrapping a chain around her son's ankles and locking it.
Irma Navarro, 37, was arrested last week on suspicion of willful child cruelty, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department. She remains in custody.
Navarro allegedly shackled her son because she did not want him "running the streets and getting into trouble or mixed up with the wrong group of kids while she was at work," the statement said.
It was not immediately clear whether Navarro had retained representation.
Officers found the child, 10, in the courtyard of an apartment complex. He had a long chain wrapped around his ankles, they reported. The chain was locked and had to be removed with bolt cutters.
A witness told police she and a friend had noticed the boy leaning against a tree and crying. She asked how the chain and lock got around his ankles, and he allegedly told her, "My mom did this to me," police said.
Navarro has three children. Another one of her children was being watched by a baby sitter, while the third was at school at the time of the incident, police said.
All three have been placed in protective custody by social services.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:43:54 GMT
Pointing the finger at Republicans for Congressional inaction, President Barack Obama accused them of posturing and doing everything they can to stymie economic growth.More >
Pointing the finger at Republicans for Congressional inaction, President Barack Obama accused them of posturing and doing everything they can to stymie economic growth because they are not happy he is president. More >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:50:38 GMT
Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.More >
Listeria is listed on the the baby's death certificate as an immediate cause of her death. Her mother, says that while she was pregnant, she ate food that was part of a recent, nation-wide Listeria recall.More >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:45:17 GMT
It's not a disease and it's not contagious, but "Invisible Black Dog Syndrome" is a sad, real condition affecting local animal shelters. The term refers to the propensity of would-be-adopters walkingMore >
It's not a disease and it's not contagious, but "Invisible Black Dog Syndrome" is a sad, real condition affecting animal shelters. More >