WEST COVINA — A Baldwin Park man suspected of shooting at his neighbor’s dog and threatening the 7-year-old god owner with a handgun pleaded not guilty Friday to six felony charges, court officials said.
Carlton States, 31, was charged with making criminal threats, first-degree burglary with a person present, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and two counts of child abuse in West Covina Superior court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement. The complaint against States also alleged personal use of a handgun in a crime.
The incident occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 3700 block of Baldwin Park Boulevard, police said.
While the victim was playing outside of her home with her dog, “Smalls,” the defendant allegedly began taunting the animal,” according to the district attorney’s office’s statement.
“When the dog began to bark, the defendant purportedly drew a handgun, prompting the girl to run inside her home,” the statement continued.
A shot was fired, but neither the girl nor the dog were struck, officials added.
“Authorities allege that States then followed the child and her pet inside the home, pointed a gun at the girl — who was holding the dog in her lap — and threatened to shoot the animal,” the statement said.
Bail was recommended at $270,000, court officials said, and States was due back in West Covina Superior Court June 9 for a preliminary hearing.