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LOCAL : Burbank Father Faces Felony Charges for Threatening Baby

<i> From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports </i>

A Burbank auto body shop employee whom police and firefighters apparently prevented from jumping off a third-floor balcony with his baby has been charged with attempted murder and felony child endangerment, authorities said today.

Rodolpho Regaldo, 31, was hanging over his apartment balcony with his 4-month-old daughter, screaming, “I’m going to let her go,” when Burbank police and firefighters grabbed the father and baby, Burbank Police Detective Eric Rosoff said.

Regaldo on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the charges in Burbank Municipal Court. He also faces charges of felony spouse abuse and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly attacking his wife, Yolanda, 33, with a knife during a fight before the Dec. 22 incident.

The couple had been having marital difficulties, Rosoff said. The 4-month-old baby and the couple’s three other children were placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services pending a hearing into whether they should be returned to their mother, Rosoff said.

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Regaldo remains in County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. If convicted of the charges, he could face 10 years in prison, said Sharon Matsumoto, head of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s Glendale office.


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