* Redwood City Father Abidan Eliel Garcia Vasquez Pleads Not Guilty To Child Abuse
Published by Staff Writer on June 4, 2009
A 22-year-old man who allegedly left his two young children home alone to go out drinking pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday to felony child abuse charges.The 3-year-old son of Abidan Eliel Garcia Vasquez was found the night of March 28 wandering alone in a neighborhood in unincorporated Redwood City, shivering and clad only in a T-shirt and shorts, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies learned the boy lived in a nearby home occupied by two families. When they went to the home, they found cockroaches, garbage and rotting food throughout the house and an open beer bottle on the floor, Wagstaffe said.Also at the home was a 1-year-old girl with a severe rash and abscesses on her legs and private parts, Wagstaffe said.Authorities discovered Vasquez had allegedly left the home around 9 p.m. after the children were asleep to go out drinking, and did not ask anyone to watch them, Wagstaffe said.Vasquez is charged with three counts of felony child abuse. He remains in jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.