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3-year-old boy lost by allegedly drunk father in Pasadena is placed in protective custody

A 3-year-old boy lost by his allegedly drunk father for more than a day has been placed in the custody of Los Angeles County child welfare authorities, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

Joe Louie Kurihara, 23, of West Covina, was initially arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest.

As he sobered up in jail, Kurihara told police he had been drinking heavily at a wedding and could not find his son, Dylan, said Janet Pope Givens, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Police Department.

Pasadena resident Rowdy Metzger, 39, found the boy about 10:40 p.m. Sunday strapped into his car seat in his father's car in a parking structure. Dylan was dehydrated and taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where doctors found him to be in good health.

Pasadena police then booked Kurihara on suspicion of felony child endangerment.

Los Angeles County prosecutors are expected to file charges Tuesday against Kurihara, who is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He has a recent history of misdemeanor arrests.

Police are seeking to question the boy's mother, who lives in the area and is described as Kurihara's on again, off-again girlfriend.

"Since the father was arrested for felony child endangerment, the investigation will continue," Pope Givens said. "Part of the investigation is to determine whether [Dylan] should go back home."

Kurihara and the boy attended a wedding Saturday at a Masonic Lodge in Pasadena.

The boy’s mother also was at the wedding and said she saw Kurihara leave with the boy. When she hadn’t heard from either of them for hours, she began to call police stations and hospitals.

The woman, whose name has not been released, reached the Pasadena police about 8 a.m. Sunday. Her call immediately launched a search for the child and the car.

-- Andrew Blankstein





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I hope they put the little boy with one of their best and most trusted foster families. I think he has endured enough trauma for his childhood.

I feel sorry for this lil guy.
His mother should be locked up too.

@ Marley,

What is truly sad is that you think by introducing this child into the Foster care system, this child will no longer have to endure anymore trauma: in fact the trauma would go into overdrive. You have no idea how screwed up the foster care system is in this State.

The best scenario would be for the kindest most able and responsible family member of either of the biological parents, (neither seems to really be a "father" or "mother") to assume responsibility for this child.

"Dylan was dehydrated and taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where doctors found him to be in good health."

Which was it? Dehydrated, or good health? The previous post in L.A.NOW stated that he was "thirsty".

Dehydration is a medical diagnosis, and means that he had a blood test that showed abnormal electrolytes, and that he required "RE-hydration", either orally or intravenously. Is that the case, or is reporter Blankstein editorializing??

I think the parents should both be placed in protective custody too. Because obviously they are still children and have not had a proper upbringing.

What kind of mother lets their son leave a party with a severely intoxicated person? What an idiot!

Nobody at that wedding stopped this guy from leaving in his condition. Sounds like that poor kid's wonderfull parents have equally wonderfull friends and family. Everyone at that wedding shares the responsibility for what's in store for that kid now: Life in the system of foster care...

Oh my God. Lucky he was found by the neighbor. At that time, people usually sleep, especially on a Sunday. So, he was definitely a lucky guy. Would ve been dead.

@ How sad,
I totally agree with you. The foster care system is not fit for any child to enter.

i'm sadden by the total lack of responsibility these two showed for their son, i too hope someone from the family will step up and take care of him.

Sorry-but no one in this family sounds "responsible"-so even foster care is better then any family that would produce either the "alleged" mother or father! Here's hoping a responsible child welfare system does right by this child!

Thank the Good Lord. This is one of those sad cases where NEITHER parent is fit to parent. The father for painfully obvious reasons. The mother for the less obvious, but equally neglectful, crime of allowing her child to be in the care of an obviously unfit parent. SHE ALLOWED her child to get in the car with an intoxicated person, making her the stupidest of the two!

Unfortunately, he's in the care of the County. They will probably release him right back into that bad environment. My prayers are with that young boy! His future isn't looking too bright right now.

I am glad he is safe. His parents need some legal intervention done on them. The dad appears to need treatment for alcoholism. The mother may need therapy to address her willingness to live like this and keep her children in it as well.

The Foster Care system does have some good homes however, it has some really bad homes as well. Maybe upon CPS investigation the grandparents of these children, they will find, a set of grandparents stable enough to take are of these children.

Their parents maybe can have supervised visits (the supervisor shouldn't be a family member. They need an advocate for the children provided by the court system so someone is looking solely for their wellbeing.

I glad he was found alive and reasonably well.....it could have ended so differently. The two parents are unconscious individuals unable to be the parents these two children need. This is just one of many, many cases.

Very few people are stable enough emotionally to have and raise children. It is sad so many of brought children into the world before we ourselves had time to really grow up. It happens and the children are the ones who suffer.

No winners in this case, except maybe Rowdy Metzger. Poor Dylan gets his stint in foster care (his chances of doing well there are not good, unfortunately) and then will go back to his maternal family, who put him in this situation in the first place (because the father "did not seem that drunk." How drunk does your on-again off-again boyfriend have to seem before you tell him he can't take the baby? Apparently more than "drunk enough to get arrested and forget the baby was in the car.)

The classes they will take will include things like alcohol responsibility, but they won't listen, because none of this was their fault in the first place.


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