Law and Order Lake County
February 22, 2013 3:22PM
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:10AM
Man accused of neglect in death of 3-month-old
A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and reckless homicide in the death of his 3-month-old son.
Cesar Alejandro Castaneda Jr. is charged in the Oct. 17 death of his son, Cesar Castaneda Jr., who suffered closed head and neck injuries that an autopsy found were consistent with inflicted injury.
Castaneda called 911 after he awoke and heard his baby making choking sounds and gently shook him to get him to stop choking at about 1 p.m. Oct. 10, the probable cause affidavit states. The baby was taken to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, then transported by helicopter ambulance to South Bend Memorial Hospital, where he died.
Castaneda’s wife told police she works days and her husband watches their children.
The neglect charge is punishable by 20 to 50 years, and reckless homicide carries a sentence range of two to eight years.
Felon who had
gun is sentenced
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 20-year-old man on probation for robbery to four years in prison for carrying a handgun without a license.
Lucas J. Porter, of Gary, also will have to serve the remainder of his 30-month sentence for a robbery case. Porter was on probation for three months for robbery when he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class B felony punishable by six to 20 years.
Porter admitted he was at a gas station parking lot in Gary on Sept. 24 when police stopped him and discovered a gun under the driver’s seat. The class B felony gun charge was dismissed under terms of his plea agreement.
Probation for theft
of cash, gun charge
Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced an East Chicago man to 18 months on probation for theft.
Rashad Jamal Wash, 22, admitted he took money from Rikisha Walker on Feb. 7, 2012, at Walker’s home in the 4300 block of Ivy Street, East Chicago.
Wash’s plea agreement requires him to perform 40 hours of community service during probation.
Wash had been charged with robbery, which is punishable by six to 20 years. That charge, along with intimidation and domestic battery counts, were dismissed under terms of his plea agreement.