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Warrant: Man passed out in car with kid in backseat

Posted October 5, 2009

— Raleigh police arrested a 21-year-old Garner man Saturday who they say put his child in danger.

Officers found Azurist Arrioja-Larazo, of 1422 Pine View Drive, passed out in his car in a parking lot, according to an arrest warrant. His child was in the backseat.

Arrioja-Larazo was being held in the Wake County Jail. His first court appearance was set for Monday afternoon.

Jail officials said the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency had issued a detainer for Arrioja-Larazo, citing him for being in the country illegally. He will be deported after his criminal case is completed.


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  • onespinningwheel Oct 5, 2009

    I'm guessing like the rest of us, but my bet would be that the man was drunk and passed out, but managed to turn the car off before closing his eyes. In that case he is unfit to care for the child, but does not meet the standard for DWI in NC. He drove the car there, and either was drunk while driving there or left teh child int he car to get drunk and then came back and passed out. Either way, you don't treat a child like that, hence the catch-all charge.

    Or he was sober and I'm way off base. It'd be nice if the paper provided the facts...

  • SEOpro Oct 5, 2009

    I guess they'll start arresting all the homeless people that have children sleeping in cars and vans next since mom and dad got laid off from their long-time jobs of 18 years and lost the house. What bad parents.

    (don't overlook my sarcasm)

  • NC Reader Oct 5, 2009

    "It would be nice if WRAL stopped using the word "kid" instead of "child" in headlines. Tacky.

    I agree. The headline makes it appear that there was a baby goat in the car.

  • Valkyrie Oct 5, 2009

    It appears that he has only been charged with child abuse. Perhaps the police thought he was under the influence because he was asleep in his car in a parking lot with a child in the back. Then they discovered he's in the US illegally.

    Arraigned Offenses for Case Number: 2009206527 CR
    Arraigned Defendant Name: ARRIOJA-LARAZO,AZURIST,IGNAC
    County: WAKE
    Court Date: 10/09/2009
    Session: AM
    Court Room: 001A

    Offense Code Description Statute 3834 Misdemeanor MISDEMEANOR CHILD ABUSE 14-318.2

  • Diabolical Oct 5, 2009

    Maybe the kid kept him up all night and he just wanted 5 minutes to shut his eyes. Were the doors locked?

  • familyfour Oct 5, 2009

    The other man was a felon.

    So, what's worse....an alien, or a felon?

    Can we not just look at them as terrible parents, and handle them (and the children) accordingly?!?!?!??

  • familyfour Oct 5, 2009

    Oh yeah, before you go beating this "alien"...go to the article about the "american" daddy, who did pretty much the same thing, except he also had a loaded gun in the car.

    Bad is bad. The first man's primary issue is not his "status", it his irresponsibility, as with man # 2.

  • familyfour Oct 5, 2009

    Poor child. No one deserves a daddy like that.

    That's wrong, no matter where he came from, how, or when.

  • fibershark Oct 5, 2009

    What's sad is we did'nt do it.The father did,where's the wife,the brothers, sisters aunts and uncles and cousins that came with him.Pack them all up,send them home.Put the bill on Gov. Perdue's desk,she can get re-paid from the Prez. since she says it's his problem to solve.If you think it's bad now.just wait

  • Heather Oct 5, 2009

    My brother-in-law has lived here for almost 20 years on a green card. His three children are dual citizens since my sister is a US citizen and he is not. They did this on purpose so the children would have the option of where to live. I'm guessing it's the same with the child in this story - citizen of both Mexico and the US.