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9 kids removed from troubled Hesperia home

November 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Nine children were removed from a home in Hesperia during a raid by sheriff's deputies.Authorities say the home in the 14000 block of Diamond Street has been a magnet for trouble, including the smoking of marijuana in front of very young children.

"We've had a lot of problems as far as with parties at all hours of the night," said one neighbor, Angela Rodriguez. "Kids, 20 to 30 kids, roaming in the streets, running through our yards. It's been a big mess."

Neighbors watched as San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies raided the home on Thursday. Deputies originally went to investigate a report that someone was shooting windows in the area with a BB gun.

"A couple of older kids had been actually smoking marijuana and some of the younger ones were actually getting the residual effects of the marijuana," said Roxanne Walker of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The children range in age from 17 to 5. Five of the children are now in child protective services. The other four were released back to their parents.

"Can't say I was really surprised, but I didn't suspect that," said neighbor George Letts.

Authorities arrested Feticia Oliphant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child endangerment.

Another woman, Davonna La Flora, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Neighbors said this was not the first time there was trouble at the home. They said someone drove by the home and shot at it in August.

They also said there was the tell-tale odor of marijuana wafting into the street.


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