Endangering A Child
A Queens daycare worker who allegedly endangered a 4-year-old boy in his care by losing him inside of Juniper Valley Park on Aug. 29 and then failing to notify the police or the child’s parents has been charged with child endangerment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. The child was later found wandering in the park by a police officer.
Oscar Jaramillo, 32, who lives on 85th Street in Woodhaven and operates a daycare center with his wife at their residence, was arraigned on Aug. 29 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Danielle Hartman on charges of abandonment of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Jaramillo was held on a $5,000 cash bail and could face up to four years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 29.
According to the charges, a city Parks police officer observed 4-year-old Emiliano Marquez walking alone inside of the park around 12:30 p.m. After asking several nearby park goers if they were looking for a lost child, he called 911.
Four hours later, after the child had been taken to the 104th Precinct, Jaramillo appeared and told police, “I was walking in the park with my daughter and Emiliano Marquez and I lost him.” He then allegedly admitted, “I looked around the park for a little while and left without notifying the police or Emilio’s parents that I lost him.”