Child Abuse in Phoenix
A man accused of child molestation and continued sexual abuse is now behind bars.
On Wednesday the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Marian Tigla in Waterloo. The 39 year old is from Phoenix, Arizona, where the charges originate from Pinal County.
Authorities issued a warrant for Tigla on January 26. The Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, along with Waterloo Police, narrowed their search for Tigla. Authorities kept watch on the area of the 1400 block of Lafayette Street in Waterloo, and arrested him when he got out of a vehicle.
Charges against Tigla include child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and continued sexual abuse. He’s in the Black Hawk County Jail awaiting extradition back to the state of Arizona.
A former employee at a Gilbert day care has been arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching little girls.
Police say Tanner Anthony Lang, 24, faces two charges of felony child abuse.
The alleged incidents happened at the Children’s Learning Adventure Center near Power and Germann roads in Gilbert. Lang had been working there as a teacher. Police say it reportedly happened at an after-school program between September 2015 and May of 2016.
The mother of one victim says that her 6-year-old daughter told her about what happened.
The child told police Lang “put his hand down the back of her pants and touched her buttocks with his hand,” according to police documents.
A second victim later came forward reporting a similar incident in the same time frame.
When police questioned Lang,he acknowledged that he knew both victims. But police also say he neither admitted nor denied touching the girls.
Children’s Learning Adventure issued this statement regarding the incident:
“Children’s Learning Adventure has learned of the arrest of a former staff member for two counts of aggravated assault by an adult on a minor. This former staff member was placed on leave as soon as the allegations were brought to our attention and was subsequently terminated once we learned of his arrest.
Children’s Learning Adventure cooperated with the Gilbert Police Department in its investigation of this matter and will continue to do so. As this investigation is ongoing we are not privy to details regarding actions that led to the charges. As Children’s Learning Adventure believes that open communication and transparency is essential, we will communicate directly with our families when additional information becomes available. In the meantime, center and corporate management are available to discuss this situation with any parent who may have questions or concerns.
At Children’s Learning Adventure providing a safe and nurturing environment in which children can learn and grow is our utmost priority. All teachers and staff have undergone careful employment screening including criminal background and CPS registry checks. Closed circuit camera systems and open classrooms with glass walls provide for ongoing observation of classroom activities.
Center and corporate management will continue to be hyper-vigilant and engaged to insure the safety and well being of the children in our center. Creating a caring environment in which children develop a life-long love of learning continues to be our mission and we are committed to taking all actions necessary to insure we meet this objective.”
A Buckeye woman who admitted to fatally stabbing her 5-month-old son and claimed to be possessed and not in control of her actions could face a first-degree murder charge, Buckeye police said late Wednesday.
Andrea Portillo, 29, initially was held on suspicion of second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her infant son. Buckeye police say that mental illness played a role in the crime, according to records filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Sgt. Jason Weeks said late Wednesday that police now will seek a charge of first-degree murder in addition to charges of child abuse and disorderly conduct. Weeks said more information would be made available Thursday as to why the more serious charge will be sought.
Portillo is being held in the Maricopa County jail with bond set at $500,000, Weeks said.
Officers who were called to Portillo’s home around 12:30 p.m. Monday found the infant’s grandmother screaming and holding the injured baby and Portillo standing behind her covered in blood, court records show. Portillo’s 3-year-old daughter was home at the time.
The grandmother told police that she arrived to find the horrific scene after Portillo had asked her to come to the house in the 23800 block of West LaSalle Street, records show.
When the grandmother showed up, Portillo said, “Look what I did,” police reported in a court document. The baby had multiple stab wounds to his neck and was unresponsive when an officer tried to render medical aid.
The infant was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where police say he was pronounced dead.
Pablo Ancala, a neighbor, said he didn’t know the family but that they had moved in only about six months ago. He wasn’t at home during the incident, but that he was “shocked” when he heard.
Ed Galvez, another neighbor, said he hadn’t spoken to the family much but called them peaceful.
“They were very quiet, reserved,” he said. “Just a, ‘Hi, how are you.’ ”
Galvez has two daughters of his own, aged 10 and 7, and looked like he was tearing up when talking.
“Things like this don’t happen in Buckeye,” he said.
According to police, Portillo made statements to detectives about killing her baby and hearing voices in her head.
Portillo’s next court date is set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7.
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