Man tackled by LAPD after Chase held baby | California News
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police chased and tackled a man who was found to be holding a baby, who suffered a fractured skull, authorities said.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on February 11, police attempted to stop a Jeep Wrangler being driven erratically by Josue Huerta, 25, who was “shouting something unintelligible”, Police Chief Michel Moore told the commission city police after the incident.
It led to an 11-minute chase that began with the getaway car hitting a flatbed truck and ended with Huerta jumping out of the car and running away, police said.
On Sunday, the LAPD released police body camera and dash cam footage that shows officers running after Huerta and an officer tackling him. He falls on a lawn face down.
“Unbeknownst to any officer, the officer was holding a 10-month-old baby,” Police Captain Stacy Spell said in the video.
The video shows police taking the man’s crying baby after he was on the ground.
“I’m sorry, but I’m trying to bring him home,” Huerta said.
The boy was taken to hospital, where it was determined he had a fractured skull, although Moore said it was not immediately clear if the boy was injured during the arrest. from the previous car accident or elsewhere.
The baby was also found to have cocaine and fentanyl in her system, police said. He was returned to his mother.
An infant carrier was found in the Jeep along with drugs, cash and three discharged pistol clips, police said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Huerta with child abuse, escape, possession of narcotics for sale and misdemeanor hit-and-run.
He remained jailed Monday on $215,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney to speak on his behalf.
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