9-year-old Lakeside girl taken into protective custody after found living in shed

LAKESIDE (KUSI) — 5:36 p.m. — Joe H. Tavolazzi, 60, was taken into custody Thursday along with five other men and two women at a home in the 12700 block of Lindo Lane in Lakeside, according to sheriff’s officials.

The group was expected to face various criminal charges, including felony child endangerment, being felons in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and heroin, and probation violation, Sgt. Mike McNeill said.

Tavolazzi was living with his girlfriend and child in the outbuilding, which was not outfitted to be a livable dwelling. Despite the conditions, however, the girl seemed to be in decent health, according to McNeill.

"The condition of (Tavolazzi’s) daughter was surprisingly good, considering her home was a small, uninhabitable shed in the back yard with no utilities,” the sergeant said.

Tavolazzi was booked into San Diego Central Jail. He was being held on $195,500 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

2:20 p.m. — Thirteen subjects were detained in Lakeside Thursday after patrol deputies conducted a probation check and found a 9-year-old girl living with them in the shed.

According to San Diego County Sheriff’s, patrol deputies were conducting a probation check at 12721 Lindo Lane when they discovered an adult male and an adult female living in a small shed near the back of the property. The male’s 9-year-old daughter was living with them. The shed had no facilities and was deemed uninhabitable.

Also found in the shed were a shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, 8.1 grams methamphetamine, and indicia of narcotics sales.

A representative from the Child Protective Services Drug Endangered Children section responded and took the child into protective custody.

Of the thirteen subjects detained, six male adults and two female adults were arrested and booked into the County Jail.

Charges included felony child endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a stun gun, possession of controlled substances for sale (methamphetamine), sales of a controlled substance near a school, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a dangerous drug (heroin), possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and probation violations.

Additionally, an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms responded to evaluate for possible federal charges and will be conferring with the Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Representatives from the Department of Environmental Health as well as County Code Enforcement also responded to the location and will be evaluating the property for habitability and conformance to county code regulations.

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