California mom gets behind wheel drunk, drags 8-year-old daughter who tried to stop her 300 feet, police say

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Erin Garcia also dragged a male bystander who tried to intervene, say Placentia police

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A California woman is expected to appear in court Monday on charges of drunken driving and dragging her 8-year-old daughter about 300 feet away from a vehicle.

Erin Garcia, 44, of Laguna Niguel, California, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, endangering children, and battery assault against a peace officer, the Placentia Police Department said. He was held on $100,000 bail ahead of his hearing on Monday, KCAL told.

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The police department in Placentia, a city in northern Orange County about 30 miles from Los Angeles, said officers responded to a 400 block of Orchid Drive at around 11:37 p.m. Thursday and found an 8-year-old girl with friction in her legs. found suffering from and feet. She was with her grandmother.

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Police said Garcia, who is the mother of the 8-year-old, was “drunk” as she decided to leave the residence of her mother – the child’s grandmother. “The girl was concerned about driving due to her level of intoxication and drove Garcia to her vehicle,” the department said in a statement.

“The child grabbed the passenger’s door handle and asked Garcia to stop,” police said. “Garcia looked at the child and dragged her child away with the vehicle for about 300 feet.”

Police said a male, an adult, saw what was happening and tried to intervene. Garcia stood up and Grandma tried to get her out of the car. But “Garcia started moving again and Garcia’s vehicle pulled him a short distance away,” police said.

According to police, Garcia fled the scene. Placentia officials at the same residence replied “a little while later” that Garcia was hiding behind some bushes in the backyard. Police said Garcia allegedly “resisted and kicked at the officers” attempting to take him into custody, police said.

He was then taken into custody without incident. Police said the child and those standing by her side were taken to local hospitals with “minor injuries”. Garcia was later taken to the Orange County Jail.


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