Dem Arrested

PUBLISHED: 1:05 PM 12 Dec 2018
UPDATED: 6:45 PM 12 Dec 2018

California Democrat Arrested For ‘Child Cruelty’ After School Sees Injury

Officials at the elementary school where the victim attends noticed the injury and alerted authorities.

A California lawmaker has been arrested for 'willful cruelty' to a child after school officials noticed the injury.

Democrat state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, according to Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer.

The arrest came after officials at Dailey Elementary Charter School noticed an undisclosed injury on the child victim, Dyer said.

The police chief did not describe the injury or Arambula’s relationship to the child, but he did confirm the democrat was cited for willful cruelty to a child.

The Fresno Bee reported that police spoke to the alleged victim before the arrest and are firmly convinced of the facts.

Fred Vanderhoof, the Fresno County Republican Party chairman, called on the California Democrat Party to ask for Arambula’s resignation due to “the egregious nature of these charges,” according to KFSN-TV.

Arambula, a Democratic state assemblyman, is married with three young daughters.

“Joaquin is a committed father who wants what is best for his children,” his spokeswoman Felicia Matlosz, claimed Tuesday.

The child described to police how the injury happened, and said Arambula inflicted it, according to authorities.

The police determined the injury happened Sunday evening, and Arambula was arrested the next day.

Officers were “confident that a crime had occurred” and arrested the democrat on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child, Dyer said.

However, Arambula has been released because the charge is a misdemeanor.

“The child we interviewed gave a very good statement, a very detailed statement, and we’ve been able to determine that what the child did tell us is factual,” Dyer said.

Officials at the elementary school reported the child’s injury to child protective services, and that agency contacted the police, Dyer said.

Dyer said the injured child has been placed with a relative and is no longer in an environment where there is any contact with Arambula, KFSN-TV reported.

The California democrat could face up to one year in jail if convicted for this type of child abuse charge.

“The injury is what determines that this was a misdemeanor crime,” Dyer said.