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Santa Maria woman arrested following child endangerment investigation

Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 20:56:04-04

A Santa Maria woman is in custody after a nearly month-long child endangerment investigation.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says members of the AB109 Compliance Response Team, or CRT, received information from Child Welfare Services back on March 20 that an infant may have been in danger.

Child Welfare Services was looking for Sylvia Virgen, 35, of Santa Maria.

Sylvia Virgen
Sylvia Virgen


Child Welfare Services was investigating reports that Virgen’s six-month-old baby was at risk of abuse and neglect. The sheriff’s office says Child Welfare Services asked for CRT’s assistance in locating the child, due to concerns that Virgen didn’t have a stable residence and that she may be using substances while evading arrest.

CRT launched an investigation to find Virgen and her child.

On Tuesday, CRT members tracked Virgen to the 600 block of N. Curryer Street in Santa Maria.

Investigators say Virgen was holding her child while walking at the time and was arrested without incident.

Child endangerment investigation
The baby was released to Child Welfare Services after she and her mother were located. (Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


The baby was not injured but was released to Child Welfare Services.

The sheriff’s office says Virgen was a wanted Post-Sentencing Supervision offender on active probation who had a no-bail warrant for her arrest.

Virgen was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the no-bail warrant.