Authorities have removed four children under 5 years old from a debris-filled Lake Los Angeles home and arrested their father on suspicion of child endangerment.
Alejandro Vargas, 31, was taken into custody Dec. 10 after deputies responded to a residence at 39304 167th St. East. They were called to the home after a passerby spotted a partially-clothed 2-month-old girl in a car seat in the front yard. Deputies arrived to find an additional three children—ages 1, 3 and 4—inside the home living in squalid conditions.
“The passerby attempted to contact the parents at the location for at least 20 minutes,” stated a news report from the Lancaster Sheriff’s station. “Due to the very cold temperatures, the passerby covered the infant in a blanket and took the infant to a nearby residence.”
The report stated that the deputies saw a large infestation of cockroaches throughout the residence, as well as animal feces on the floor in several of the rooms.
The children were transported to the Lancaster Sheriff’s station, with the Department of Child Services ultimately taking them into protective custody.
Vargas was later booked in lieu of $100,000 bail.