Santa Clarita stepdad arrested for allegedly molesting stepdaughter, age 12
According to information from sheriff’s officials, the incident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 28300 block of Willow Court in Saugus, an unincorporated area of the Santa Clarita Valley.
Investigators said in a news release that the child's mother returned home earlier than usual from work and went into her daughter's room to check on her. When she opened the door, she saw her husband on top of the girl, authorities said.
Authorities confirmed the suspect’s identity as Lanard Heath.
A patrol from the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station located Heath a short time later at Santa Clarita Park on Seco Canyon Road. He was arrested for committing a lewd act with a child under the age of 14, booked at the Santa Clarita station, and is being held without bail, authorities said.
-- Ann M. Simmons in Santa Clarita
Photo: Booking photo of Lanard Heath, 30, accused of molesting his 12-year-old stepdaughter. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department