daily journal court generic logo

After prosecutors determined evidence did not show children of a married couple from San Mateo were exposed to great bodily injury under their care, the felony charges of child endangerment filed against them were dismissed and they were charged with misdemeanor child endangerment Thursday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Juan Manuel Hernandez, 33, and Bianca Noemi Medina, 26, are now facing county jail time instead of state prison terms on accusations they beat their three children and were not properly feeding them, according to prosecutors.

A neighbor concerned about child abuse reported Hernandez and Medina on Aug. 17, telling investigators that they overheard one person stating that the other had hit a child too hard and almost knocked him out.

When police arrived at their apartment on the 400 block of North San Mateo Drive, police found three children living in squalid conditions, including a 5-year-old child with a 1-inch cut to the face and a golf ball-sized lump on the head.

Investigators determined that the child had been beaten, and a belt had been used. There was no running water or edible food in the apartment, which smelled like urine and rotting food. The children were removed by Child Protective Services, prosecutors said.

Though the couple previously pleaded no contest to their felony charges in November, they withdrew their pleas in May after a judge ruled the couple had not received accurate advice about the immigration consequences of their pleas from their defense counsel. Their court proceedings were reinstated under new attorneys, and both Hernandez and Medina are out of custody on $150,000 bail, according to prosecutors.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for reading the Daily Journal.

Please purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading.Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading.