Men arrested on drug charges with toddler in vehicle

A male transient and a Murrieta man were arrested on multiple charges Saturday after they were found asleep in a vehicle with the motor ru...

A male transient and a Murrieta man were arrested on multiple charges Saturday after they were found asleep in a vehicle with the motor running and a toddler crawling around inside, police said.

The driver, identified as Jesse Ralls, 30 and a transient, gave a false name to officers when he was confronted by police at 11:29 a.m. in the 24800 block of Hancock Avenue. A records check revealed he had multiple felony warrants in Idaho. He was found to have an extensive criminal history with convictions in three states for theft, narcotic and domestic violence related charges.

The passenger, identified as 22-year-old Victor Torres of Murrieta, was found to have prior narcotics and domestic violence related convictions. Both were also determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

When officers observed drug paraphernalia in plain sight, they removed the 2-year-old girl from the vehicle. A search revealed capped and uncapped hypodermic syringes and knives. Additional narcotics paraphernalia was located next to the toddler's pacifier. Mail not belonging to Ralls or Torres was recovered, along with blank checks, fake checks, a forged U.S. passport, computer, printer and additional stolen items.

Ralls told officers the toddler was his daughter and that they had been living in the truck. Ralls and Torres were arrested and the child was placed with Child Protective Services.

Victims related to the stolen mail, checks and identification documents are being contacted.


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