Crime

Critics Call For Withholding Immigrant Bail After Brutal Toddler Beating

| by Nicholas Roberts
Francisco Javier Chavez.Francisco Javier Chavez.

On July 30, a Mexican national was arrested on suspicion of beating and severely injuring the 2-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune. He was released from San Luis Obispo County Jail despite a request that he be held for federal law enforcement officials.

Francisco Javier Chavez, 27, did not show up for his scheduled arraignment on Aug. 13, as many critics warned he would not, according to an Oct. 22 report on Fox 32. Critics of immigration policies have often warned that those who have committed violent crimes are flight risks that should be denied bail in serious cases such as this one.

Chavez apparently spent much of his adult life moving back and forth between Mexico and the U.S. Chavez's bail was set at $100,000, and he  put up the required 10 percent of  $10,000. He failed to show up for his arraignment.

Well before he was arrested in San Luis Obispo County for beating the 2-year-old girl, Chavez had compiled a long criminal record that included assault, drug convictions and arrests for violent acts such as kidnapping, carjacking and cruelty to a child, reports Fox 23. Chavez was deported in February 2014. He returned to the U.S. soon after.

The 2-year-old who was reportedly beaten by Chavez is now in foster care and is paralyzed. The beating left her with two broken arms, a broken femur and a compressed spine.

On Sept. 1, another 2-year-old toddler, Jonathan Montez, was run over and killed in San Bernardino County, California. The suspect was Jose Enrique Vasquez, a 53-year-old unlicensed driver who witnesses said was speeding down the child’s residential street. Fox 32 reports he was in the country illegally. After running over the child, Vasquez fled the scene. He was arrested two weeks later and granted bail, even though he had previously failed to appear in court, reports Fox 32.

Sources: San Luis Obispo Tribune, Fox 32 / Photo credit: San Luis Obispo Tribune