Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dangerous conditions in a home lead to Felony Injury to a Child arrests; Daily incident report

   Warrant Arrested: Deric J. Stellman, 31, Boise

   Warrant Charges:  Injury to a Child (F)

   Warrant Arrested: Crystal L. Terry, 32, Boise

   Warrant Charges:  Injury to a Child (F)

     The suspects were taken into custody on outstanding felony warrants for Injury to a Child late last night. 

    The arrest warrants stem from an investigation into dangerous conditions found in a Boise bench home on November 9th of this year. On that date Boise Police assisted agents from the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare on a welfare check of the home. Representatives from Health and Welfare tell police they had received a call from a citizen about dangerous conditions at the home with three small children, including an infant. When officers entered the home they discovered animal feces, soiled diapers and rotting food throughout the residence. The home did not have power or heat. The children were declared to be in imminent danger and they were turned over to the custody of representatives of the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare. The investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrants. Further inquiries into this case should be directed to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. 

TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 15 CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS 18-1501. Injury to children. (1) Any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of such child to be injured, or willfully causes or permits such child to be placed in such situation that its person or health is endangered, is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or in the state prison for not less than one (1) year nor more than ten (10) years.
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   Arrested: Sara D. Ball, 29, Boise

   Charges: Desertion or Nonsupport of a Child (F)

    Boise Police received a report of an abandoned infant on December 2nd of this year at a home in Boise. The calling party tells police the suspect, who is known to her, abandoned the infant in a bedroom of her home during an overnight stay on that date. The suspect did not tell the calling party she was leaving the child, who spent the night alone in the room with no care. The suspect did not leave diapers or food for the child. Since that time the suspect has refused to pick up the child or provide for the child's needs. The child was later turned over to the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Yesterday, December 10th, the suspect turned herself in to officers at the Idaho Probation and Parole office in Boise. After a detailed investigation into the incident, the suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 4 ABANDONMENT OR NONSUPPORT OF WIFE OR CHILDREN 18-401. Desertion and nonsupport of children or spouse. Every person who: (1)Having any child under the age of eighteen (18) years dependent upon him or her for care, education or support, deserts such child in any manner whatever, with intent to abandon it; (2)Willfully omits, without lawful excuse, to furnish necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical attendance for his or her child or children, or ward or wards; provided however, that the practice of a parent or guardian who chooses for his child treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone shall not for that reason alone be construed to be a violation of the duty of care to such child; 

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information