Petaluma Mom of Found Child Faces Charges

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     The mother of a 2-year-old girl found alone on a Petaluma street  corner Sunday night will be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court  Wednesday morning.

         Ana Laura Rendon, 23, is being held in Sonoma County jail on a  misdemeanor willful child cruelty charge.      Petaluma police, meanwhile, are still investigating how the  toddler, Joana, got to the corner of Kentucky and Oak streets more than a  mile from her home.
         The mother of a 2-year-old girl found alone on a Petaluma street  corner Sunday night will be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court  Wednesday morning.
         Ana Laura Rendon, 23, is being held in Sonoma County jail on a  misdemeanor willful child cruelty charge.
         Petaluma police, meanwhile, are still investigating how the  toddler, Joana, got to the corner of Kentucky and Oak streets more than a  mile from her home.
         "It's still an active investigation. We're trying to determine  what happened to the baby, if there will be more charges or if anyone else  was involved," Lt. Tim Lyons said this afternoon.
         Rendon has denied having access to a car, Lyons said. When police  showed up at her boyfriend's Mountain View Avenue house around 9:30 a.m.  Monday, Rendon admitted drinking tequila the night before and still shows  signs of intoxication, police said.
         She told police she last saw her daughter sleeping on a couch  between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
         Rendon's boyfriend, Jose Manuel Carmona, who is not the girl's  father, told police he did not see the toddler when he came home from work  around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, police said. He was questioned and released.
         Lyons said other relatives living in the house have not provided  helpful information.
         "We're looking at every possible explanation. Was she (Rendon)  going somewhere? Did anyone take the child?" Lyons asked.
         Donette and David McVeigh, who live in the 300 block of Kentucky  Street, found the crying, barefoot girl on the corner at about 10 p.m. and  took her inside, Lyons said.
         "They didn't hear constant crying and there were no other reports  of crying up and down the block," Lyons said.
         Police are discounting the possibility the girl somehow walked  from her house to where she was found. The bottoms of her feet were clean and  the child would have had to cross four or five busy intersections safely and  unnoticed, Lyons said.
         Police are hoping a neighbor in either the Mountain View Avenue or  Kentucky Street areas comes forward with information.
    We're trying to determine  what happened to the baby, if there will be more charges or if anyone else  was involved," Lt. Tim Lyons said this afternoon.
         Rendon has denied having access to a car, Lyons said. When police  showed up at her boyfriend's Mountain View Avenue house around 9:30 a.m.  Monday, Rendon admitted drinking tequila the night before and still shows  signs of intoxication, police said.
         She told police she last saw her daughter sleeping on a couch  between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
         Rendon's boyfriend, Jose Manuel Carmona, who is not the girl's  father, told police he did not see the toddler when he came home from work  around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, police said. He was questioned and released.
         Lyons said other relatives living in the house have not provided  helpful information.
         "We're looking at every possible explanation. Was she (Rendon)  going somewhere? Did anyone take the child?" Lyons asked.
         Donette and David McVeigh, who live in the 300 block of Kentucky  Street, found the crying, barefoot girl on the corner at about 10 p.m. and  took her inside, Lyons said.
         "They didn't hear constant crying and there were no other reports  of crying up and down the block," Lyons said.
         Police are discounting the possibility the girl somehow walked  from her house to where she was found. The bottoms of her feet were clean and  the child would have had to cross four or five busy intersections safely and  unnoticed, Lyons said.
         Police are hoping a neighbor in either the Mountain View Avenue or  Kentucky Street areas comes forward with information.