LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Formal charges were filed Friday against a man accused of leading police on a pursuit with a child in the car.
Michael Callender, 29, faces one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, a car; child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death; and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly.READ MORE: Crews Working To Contain Casitas Fire Burning Near Ojai; Evacuations Ordered For Some Residents
Callender has also been charged with one misdemeanor count of battery in girlfriend or child’s parent.READ MORE: LA County Business Owners Anticipate COVID Restrictions Lifting Tuesday
Prosecutors allege that on May 12, Callender took his 11-month-old daughter from her mother and almost ran the woman over when she tried to prevent him from leaving with the child. Prosecutors said Callender then led police on a pursuit that began in East Los Angeles and ended in South Los Angeles with the safe surrender of the toddler.
Callender faces a possible maximum sentence of more than eight years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.MORE NEWS: Luxury Vacations Are State's Latest COVID Vaccine Incentives
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Bail has been set at $100,000.