September 30, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County mother is facing abuse charges after she's accused of chaining her 10-year-old son's ankles in an attempt to prevent him from getting out of the house and into trouble.
Prosecutors on Monday charged 37-year-old Irma Navarro with one felony and one misdemeanor count each of child abuse. If convicted, Navarro faces up to 6 ½ years in prison.
Santa Ana police arrested Navarro last week after her son was found with a chain locked around his ankles. Authorities say the chain appeared to be Navarro's attempt to keep him from joining a gang. Police also said Navarro chained the boy because when she went to work he would leave and stay out after dark.
Her three children have been placed in protective custody.