A Paso Robles man facing seven felony charges after allegedly abusing the 2–year-old daughter of his girlfriend has a $600,000 warrant for his arrest after failing to show up for a court arraignment.
Last Wednesday, prosecutors filed three felony counts of child abuse and four felony counts of corporal injury to a child, as well as several criminal enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury, against Francisco Javier Chavez, 27.
At a hearing the next morning to enter pleas, Chavez was a no-show, Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said, and is now wanted by police.
Chavez, who has a long local criminal history despite being deported in 2014, was initially arrested in the early morning hours of July 30 after police were notified by San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services that a Paso Robles child was being treated for significant injuries at a hospital in Madera.
The girl had initially been treated at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton before being transferred to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera because of the extent of her injuries, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.
Sgt. Tod Rehner said the child suffered two broken arms, a broken leg, multiple cuts and bruises and a significant urinary tract infection.
Chavez has not yet gone before a judge in the case; he posted $100,000 bail July 31 and was released from the County Jail.