Stoned Parents Busted for Child Endangerment

Stoned Parents Busted for Child Endangerment
Photo: Alondra Oliva and Justin Dacanay

Santa Barbara County – In a case that makes one wonder why a valid driver’s license is required to operate a vehicle on any of California’s roads while there is no licensing required to enjoy the blessings of parenthood, a young mother and father are now in jail after being found stoned in the company of their six-month-old baby.

It was on the afternoon of July 1st when, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, a 911 Emergency call to the SBCO Public Safety Center alerted authorities to “a suspicious vehicle” parked on a a City of Orcutt residential street.

Responding SBSD patrol deputies discovered 23-year-old Santa Maria residents Justin Dacanay and Alondra Oliva in a car with their baby strapped into a baby seat in the rear of the vehicle.

The only thing that gave the deputies pause was the fact that both Dacanay and Oliva were clearly under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of heroin and the means with which to indulge in its effects.

Representatives of County Child Welfare Services were summoned to the scene and “took custody of the baby for a Drug Endangered Child Investigation and follow-up medical care.”

As their baby was transported to the hospital, Dacanay and Oliva were taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail.

Dacanay was booked on charges of child endangerment, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of heroin, with his bail set at $100,000. Oliva was booked on the same charges as well as for delaying a peace officer, with her bail also set at $100,000.

Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking

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