Canyon Country pair sentenced to jail time in child-endangerment case


A man and a woman arrested in March on suspicion of several crimes, including child endangerment and weapons offenses, were sentenced Thursday.

Rachel Manes-Patterson, 34, of Canyon Country, was sentenced to 3 years, 6 months in state prison. Her sentence, however, was suspended, Paul Eakins, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Instead, she was placed on five years formal probation and must serve 365 days in Los Angeles County Jail.

Robert Wayne Allen, 30, of Canyon Country, was sentenced to 365 days in county jail and placed on three years of formal probation.

Manes-Patterson was arrested March 26, charged with four felony counts of possession of illegal assault weapons, one felony count of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, one felony count of possession of unlawful ammunition, and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

Allen was arrested March 27, charged with four felony counts of possession of illegal assault weapons, three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, and one misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine.

The pair was arrested in a raid carried out March 26 by heavily armed members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau culminated in the arrest of a man and a woman suspected of child cruelty due to the “deplorable” living conditions inside the home, sheriff’s officials said at the time of the arrest.

Detectives with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station COBRA team — with the help of SEB deputies and county Animal Care and Control officers, as well as the Department of Child and Family Services — executed a search warrant at a home on River Circle.

They seized firearms, drugs and three pitbulls, deputies said at the time of the arrests.

Detectives reportedly received information that the couple were in possession of illegal firearms, which led to the search warrant.  

They found several firearms at the Canyon Country home, including three assault rifles, a 30-30 rifle, a shotgun, two handguns and ammunition, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff Station said.

They also seized a quantity of methamphetamine.

“Conditions were reported to be deplorable inside the residence, including debris, animal feces throughout the home and a filthy condition,” Miller said.

Three pitbulls and a bearded dragon were turned over to officers of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control officers.

Social workers with the DCFS were contacted as there were three children found in the home, ages 10-14.

“The firearms were not secured and in an accessible area to the children,” Miller said in March.

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