The following Press Release was sent out by the Meridian Police Department. Note: Press Releases sent out by government agencies do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
On Friday March 11, 2022, Meridian Police received a Health and Welfare referral reference a ten (10) month old child.
Police were informed the child had been admitted to the hospital on Tuesday March 1, 2022 after medical personnel determined the child was suffering from severe malnourishment. While under medical care the child was able to gain enough weight and child was discharged in the care of its parents on Friday March 4, 2022.
During a follow up appointment earlier, this week it was determined the child had again lost a significant amount of weight and when the parents canceled the next follow-up appointment and could not be located, the Meridian Police were contacted and advised this child’s condition could lead to severe injury or even death if not treated.
Health and Welfare was able to contact the child’s father, who agreed to bring the child in for an examination, but then failed to show up.
Officers attempted to contact the parents and check on the child at a residence in Meridian, but the occupants were uncooperative and refused to let officers check on the child’s welfare.
Meridian Police then received a warrant to enter the home, but discovered the parents and the child had left, before officers could check on the child. Garden City Police then located a vehicle driven by the father of the child and they conducted a traffic stop. The Meridian Police took the child into custody in the 3700 block of Chinden Blvd., Garden City, Idaho and the child was taken to St. Luke’s Meridian for medical care.
Ammon BUNDY and several of his followers showed up to St. Luke’s Meridian and refused to leave the property when asked to do so. After several attempts to get BUNDY to leave the property and his continual refusal to do so, the Meridian Police Department arrested BUNDY for trespassing. Also arrested with BUNDY was sixty-nine (69) year old Wendy Kay WHITAKER, who attempted to interfere in BUNDY’s arrest and also refused to leave St. Luke’s property.
Twenty-three (23) year old Miranda CHAVOYA and twenty-one (21) year old Marissa ANDERSON were arrested for Resisting or Obstructing at the scene of the traffic stop and booked into the Ada County Jail for one (1) count each of misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing Officers.
BUNDY was booked into the Ada County Jail on one (1) county of misdemeanor Trespassing and WHITAKER was booked into the Ada County Jail on one (1) count of misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing Officers; and one (1) count misdemeanor Trespassing.
Tags: Ammon Bundy, Garden City Police, Marissa Anderson, Meridian Police Department, Miranda Chavoya, Whitaker