Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a Victorville grandmother and her friend, who were arrested last month after her 11-month-old grandson was found inside a hot car they drove to a wedding reception.
The decision not to file criminal charges against Maria Davila, 56, came Friday from prosecutors at the District Attorney’s Office in Victorville.
“There was insufficient evidence to support the filing of charges,” said Chris Lee, a District Attorney’s spokesman. He could not say anything further about the case.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Davila and her friend, Margarita Simbana, 51, of Los Angeles, on Sept. 3 on suspicion of child cruelty after the little boy was plucked from a car seat inside the sweltering vehicle.
The outdoor temperature that day was about 97 degrees, and the grandmother had been entrusted with watching with the little boy, say sheriff’s officials.
Davila and Simbana were attending a reception at the Social House in the 12100 block of Cottonwood Avenue. Deputies say the child’s parents were also at the reception.
Lawyer James Terrell accompanied Davila and the child’s mother, Alma Medina, on Wednesday while she said the incident was a miscommunication and that Davila did not know the child was placed in the car, according to a report in a High Desert newspaper.
Terrell did not return a phone call nor email requesting comment.