A Baltimore father is now pleading with the city’s criminal justice system to keep his teenage son in jail.
Santiago Garcia-Diaz joined “Fox and Friends First” Tuesday and delivered an emotional request to prosecutors and the court system alike.
“I’ve been begging for help for my child for two and a half years,” Garcia-Diaz told Fox News co-host Todd Piro. “I’ve had petitions signed by judges to have him sent away for mental eval[uation]. I have no idea what else to do. Like, I’ve tried everything. I’m at the end of my wit… What else does a father do to save his child’s life?”
Garcia-Diaz’s son is an accused serial car thief and has had repeated run-ins with the law.
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“He’s running with the wrong crowd,” he continued. “I live in a dangerous area… in Baltimore… What else should I do?” implored the father.
Garcia-Diaz’s son, 15-year-old Bryce Garcia-Diaz, was faced with 19 charges, and now, much to his father’s chagrin, all but one have been dropped. His son is accused of running over a police officer with a vehicle and crashing a stolen car into a house. He was only given 6 months probation, but his father, exasperated, doesn’t think that’s enough. Now, Garcia-Diaz is being threatened with being charged with neglect if he refuses to pick his son up from jail.
Garcia-Diaz is worried, based on the pattern of his son’s behavior, that if his recklessness continues unabated then he won’t make it home alive in the future. When asked if he was afraid his son’s conduct would lead to his demise he responded, “One hundred percent.”
“The last time he disappeared for over a week, he came home, and we had to rush to the hospital, and they said that we wouldn’t have brought him in, he would have been dead,” Garcia-Diaz said. “My son was born with a chronic lung disease where he doesn’t get a full expulsion of his lungs, and he smoked weed all the time, he smoked cigarettes, and it had gotten so bad that he couldn’t breathe.”
Juvenile crime, including assaults, armed robberies, and carjackings, has spiked in major cities across the United States over the past three years. Despite this growing problem, it appears officials in Baltimore are avoiding redressing the issues that face their youth.
“As of June 1st, they changed the laws for the juvenile justice system to where they can only be charged with certain crimes at certain times, and they got to go through so many steps before they can actually make a move to really do anything against the child now,” Garcia-Diaz said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Garcia-Diaz’s concerns are only part of the challenge Baltimore now faces regarding crime. Data from Open Baltimore reveal that in the first half of 2022, the city recorded 177 homicides putting it on pace for the city’s deadliest year in over a decade. According to Baltimore Banner, the first six months of 2022 were the deadliest in the city’s history.
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