BCSO Deputy Arrested for Leaving Infant in Vehicle for Three Hours

Former Deputy Antonio Almaraz, aged 31, is now facing charges for leaving his two-month-old baby inside a vehicle for approximately three hours on Monday. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed this shocking incident and has reported that Almaraz is charged with three felony counts related to the child’s injury. Currently, he is being held on an $80,000 bond.

According to the BCSO, Almaraz provided conflicting statements about the incident. However, investigators were able to determine what actually happened. It was revealed that the former deputy took the baby to a routine pediatrics appointment at around 9 a.m. and returned home at 10 a.m.

Upon returning home, Almaraz allegedly turned off his vehicle and entered his residence, unknowingly leaving the baby inside the car. It wasn’t until around 1 p.m. that someone discovered the baby in the car. At that time, the baby was unresponsive and immediately rushed to the hospital.

As of now, the baby remains in critical condition, and everyone is anxiously waiting for signs of improvement. Meanwhile, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has taken appropriate action against Almaraz. Due to his probationary status with the department, he has been issued an order of dismissal. It is crucial to note that Almaraz was hired by the BCSO in February of 2023. He is unable to appeal his dismissal and is not eligible for rehire until the outcome of the criminal case is determined.

Sheriff Javier Salazar expressed his thoughts on the matter, stating, “Given the amount of awareness in the community regarding leaving children unattended in vehicles, there is absolutely no valid excuse for this to have occurred. My family and I are praying for the best possible outcome for this precious baby.”

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