So. Calif. musician/teacher arrested for leaving baby in parking lot.
Musician/teacher arrested for leaving 11 month old baby in parking lot.
So. Calif. musician/teacher arrested for leaving 11 month old baby daughter in parking lot.
Posted By: Metal Sludge
Article By: Sean Emery
IRVINE – A father was arrested Monday after police say he left his baby girl in an Irvine Valley College parking lot.
Irvine officers shortly after 1 p.m. responded to assist campus police after witnesses saw an 11-month-old girl left alone in a parking lot and couldn’t find any adults claiming responsibility for her, Lt. Bill Whalen said.
While the girl was not in a vehicle, she was strapped into a car seat, Whalen said.
The girl appeared to be in good health, but as a precaution, police called the Orange County Fire Authority to examine her. They took the girl to Hoag Hospital in Irvine before releasing her into protective custody.
As Irvine authorities attempted to find the girl’s parents, her father contacted the Costa Mesa Police Department to file a missing persons report.
Irvine detectives found and interviewed both the girl’s parents. Her father, who authorities identified as Jason Buchea, 33, of Costa Mesa, was arrested on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child, a felony.
While police initially described Buchea as a teacher, campus officials later clarified that he is a "short-term temporary employee." Buchea was a part-time accompanist in the music department, Irvine Valley College officials said, and did not have a role in classroom instruction.
The girl’s mother is enrolled at the campus as a student. Both she and Buchea were reportedly involved in some sort of carpool arrangement, Whalen said.
Police did not comment on Buchea’s explanation for why the child was left at the campus.
The above is from the Orange County Register
Metal Sludge has found a website HERE called ARTS ARE ESSENTIAL.ORG with a page defined as ‘Our Crew’ that lists Jason Buchea and some of his music history.
The blog on Jason also says the following:
JASON BUCHEA is from Laguna Beach in "The OC" region of California. In 2001 he graduated from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford with a degree in Jazz Studies. Now working as a freelance musician Jason has geared his life towards both art and education. He has taught at every level in some form, from elementary school to college, public schools to private students, and spends his summers teaching at the National Guitar Workshop, the world’s largest summer music institute.
Jason might wanna gear his life towards being a parent as well.