Fox News Digital reported that a California mother was attacked six months ago while holding her infant child. She was infuriated to learn this week that the county had dropped the charges against the suspect.
In May, Clarissa Guevara and her child were attacked by a female suspect in an apartment complex parking lot. A surveillance camera in the area captured the incident.
The suspect, a former friend of Guevara, received a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as a result of the attack. Guevara noted that the incident occurred because of a domestic dispute between the two women.
Guevara stated to KTTV-TV she is still recovering from the trauma.
Guevara said, “Hearing my baby cry in my arms broke my heart as a mother.” “That screaming sound I heard that day will never be forgotten.”
“She punched my daughter in the face,” Guevara said. “My 1-year-old daughter.”
The Riverside County Superior Court judge dismissed Monday’s charge against the female suspect. The county attributed the delay to COVID lockdowns, a dearth of judges, and a lack of courtroom space the backlog.
Guevara stated, “I’m trying to figure out why she isn’t being held responsible for hitting a 1-year-old child.” “I’m doing my best to get my baby’s voice heard.”
Riverside County announced on October 10 that it would dismiss many cases, ranging from misdemeanors and felony charges. The county is said to have dropped over 200 criminal cases so far.
The county announced that most cases were dismissed because of domestic violence charges, but also include other types of crime like an assault case or robbery. “California Law allows prosecutors to refile dismissed felonies one time. It is impossible to refile misdemeanor cases that have been dismissed.
According to the county, there are currently more than 2,800 cases in the backlog.
“I can assure you that we are doing all we can to make sure our local judges don’t dismiss criminal cases,” said DA Mike Hestrin. “These dismissals of cases are not justifiable and they are not justice.”
Fox News Digital reported that the Riverside County Superior Court didn’t immediately respond to a request.