SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who tried to use his 3-year-old daughter as a human shield when San Diego police officers confronted him about allegations that he was abusing his wife was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.
Michael Valadez, 37, was convicted last month of misdemeanor child endangerment and two counts of resisting an officer.
"Abusers of children will not be tolerated," said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. "They will be held accountable to the fullest extent that the law allows."
On April 27, two San Diego Police Department officers responded to a domestic violence call and were led into a house by the defendant's 12-year-old daughter. The child told officers that her dad was hurting her mom.
According to authorities, Valadez walked out and told officers to "get the (expletive) out of here!"
Police said Valadez refused to comply with officers' repeated commands to gain compliance and cooperation. The defendant took a fighting stance and one officer pulled his gun, the other his stun gun.
Valadez then reached into a bedroom and grabbed his 3-year-old daughter, telling officers, "Shoot me, shoot me (expletive)!"
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
One person was killed and several others seriously injured in a head-on crash Sunday in Scripps Ranch.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.