JOSHUA TREE PARENTS ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE PLEAD NOT GUILTY

JOSHUA TREE PARENTS ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Two Joshua Tree parents were arrested Wednesday, accused of felony child abuse when they and their three minor children were found living in a plywood box in the 7000 block of Sunfair Road. Daniel Panico, 73, and Mona Kirk, 51, made their first appearance in court Friday. The courtroom was filled with news media from Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Palm Springs, and our managing editor Tami Roleff, who files this report…

The Joshua Tree parents who are accused of felony child abuse for living in a plywood box with their three minor children were in court Friday afternoon. Daniel Panico, 73, seemed bewildered to be there. Wondering why this has all happened?
The public defender who was appointed to represent him and his wife, Mona Kirk, 51, advised him to wait to talk to his attorney before making any statements in court. The judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf, set bail for $300,000 each, and entered a protective order against them, prohibiting them from seeing or coming into contact with their children, aged 11, 13, and 14, without an attorney present. Mona Kirk and Daniel Panico will be in court again Tuesday for a bail hearing.

1 comment to JOSHUA TREE PARENTS ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE PLEAD NOT GUILTY

  • hlkoppers

    So let’s see-kids were happy, had a (albeit rudimentary) roof over them, were schooled, did community participation activities, not starved, not filthy. They lived as frugally as possible. Their crime seems to be living dry and using pit toilets. I just moved from Yucca to Alaska, and here this is common. People build a shelter on their land out of materials at hand (logs are common, as they’re readily available), burn wood for heat, dig a pit toilet (with a roof and walls and a styrofoam toilet seat for those -20 degree mornings) and haul water from town daily or weekly. Perhaps the true crime is lack of internet? Lack of microwaves?

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