Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

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Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff

At approximately 11:30 p.m. last night, April 15, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a six-year-old child who was crying and looking for her father. The child’s father reportedly pulled over to use the bathroom at Viola Fields located in the 6100 block of Carpinteria Avenue. The child was left in the vehicle and after waiting for several hours went looking for her dad in the dark parking lot. The child located a custodian at a business located in the 6200 block of Carpinteria and asked for help. When deputies arrived, they helped search for her father, who was identified as being 39-year-old German Noe Sotelo of Carpinteria. 

Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate Sotelo. A Sheriff’s K9 team and a Ventura County Air Support Helicopter were called in to assist. The K-9 Team assisted with a track to the Venoco Pier area. The air crew located Sotelo walking along the beach. When Sotelo observed the helicopter, he jumped into the ocean and began swimming away. Personnel from the Carpinteria Summerland Fire Department, American Medical Response as well as a U.S. Coast Guard vessel and helicopter responded to the scene.

After more than an hour in the water, Sotelo was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Once he is medically cleared, he will be booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of Child Endangerment.

Child Welfare Services responded to Carpinteria and spoke to both the mother and the child. The child was frightened but fortunately not injured. She was reunited with her mother and released to her custody.

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Luvaduck Apr 17, 2019 11:30 AM
Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

---unless this kind of bizarre behavior isn't unusual for him. Some people can't be functioning parents, but biologically, becoming one is nature's default setting. That's why sex education and cheap, easy to get birth-control is so important regardless of anyone's politics, religion or cultural ethnicity. That won't cure the problem, but will save some babies, toddlers, children, teens from horrendous, scaring experiences if they manage to survive at all.

Spalding Apr 16, 2019 07:34 PM
Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

I was awakened by the helicopter this morning for a couple hours it seemed. I’m happy to hear that there was no loss of life and there wasn’t a violent crime committed or major traffic accident. Good job law enforcement on the apprehension of the idiot parent!

a-1571156350 Apr 16, 2019 02:46 PM
Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

How many people remember being six years of age? When you were that age, waiting around for anything seemed like hours, especially in the dark. We have only the child's "memory" of the time that passed being hours. Unless this child was in possession of a cell phone and she was watching the time that way, who knows how much time she spent alone. That said, this was a horrible experience for her and could have gone wrong in so many ways, it's downright terrifying. I am happy the child is safe. The father obviously has serious mental problems or, at the very least, a drug/alcohol problem.

letmego Apr 17, 2019 11:32 AM
Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

My six year old may be a bit dramatic at times, but def knows the difference between minutes and hours. My guess is she was able to, say, identify that it was light out when they pulled over?

a-1571156350 Apr 17, 2019 06:27 AM
Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

Doesn't matter how long she was there alone in a dark car late at night while her wasted dad took a walk on the beach below the bluffs... So lucky that nothing happened to her and she is super brave to go find help when it was so dark and cold, I would have been too afraid to leave the car under those circumstances as a little child. Sitting alone in the car in the dark must have been even scarier.

Bug Girl Apr 16, 2019 01:14 PM
Child Endangerment Case Turns into Ocean Rescue

What a piece of work! This makes me so $#*@ing angry! I'm SO GLAD THE CHILD IS OKAY! How utterly terrifying it must have been for her to sit in a car alone in the dark, waiting for HOURS for her dad to come back, then the desperation to go out in the dark alone to try and find him, and then overcoming the training she's surely had to avoid strangers, enough to go find someone and ask for help? I mean, that must have been so freaking scary to a tiny child like that! I'm so happy she found a good person who helped alert authorities, and that she's reunited safely with her mother.

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