Father arrested for child neglect and harassment

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BAGDAD - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On September 27, 2008, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Sergeant responded to reports of threatening calls to YCSO Detention Staff from 47-year-old Ronnie Delo at his Rincon Road home.

Detention Officers had received numerous calls from Ronnie throughout Saturday, September 27th, complaining about the incarceration of his wife the previous day.

Eventually, the calls took on a threatening nature and would not cease. Upon arrival at the home late Saturday evening, the YCSO Sergeant found Ronnie passed out on the couch from apparent alcohol intoxication while his 9-year-old son was home.

Ronnie was awoken and arrested for charges including Threats by Electronic Means and Use of a Telephone to Harass. He was also charged with Neglect of a Minor and his son was released to the custody of Children's Protective Services.

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On September 26, 2008, at approximately 8 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the reported kidnapping of a 9-year-old boy from the 200 block of Cook Street in Bagdad, Arizona. The reporting party told deputies that 44-year-old Bagdad resident Darlene Delo, forcibly removed her 9-year-old son from her Cook Street home. The child was taken to the Delo residence in the 100 block of Rincon Road in Bagdad.

The reporting party was at work when she learned from her 15-year-old son that Delo had removed her 9-year-old child from the home by force. The reporting party immediately called Delo and demanded she return the 9-year-old. Delo refused and told reporting party she would have to come get the child personally. The reporting party went to Delo's home and eventually convinced Delo to release her son and notified YCSO of the circumstances.

Deputies interviewed the reporting party's 15-year-old son and learned that Delo had come to the home earlier, entered without permission, and told the teen she was taking his brother to her home. The 15-year-old tried to convince Delo that his brother was not allowed to leave the house. Delo told him the 9-year-old was going with her regardless, and if his mother has a problem with it, she should call. She grabbed the 9-year-old by the arm, put him in her car, and drove away. Delo was apparently upset that the 15-year-old's mother (reporting party) allowed him to take care of the 9-year-old.

At about 9:30 P.M., deputies contacted Delo at her home on Rincon Road about the kidnapping allegation. Delo admitted taking the 9-year-old out of concern for his welfare. During the discussion with Delo about the incident, deputies detected the strong odor of alcohol on Delo's breath and person. Based on the results of the investigation, deputies arrested Delo for Unlawful Imprisonment, 1st Degree Criminal Trespassing, and Resisting Arrest.

The investigation is ongoing as to the welfare of Delo's 9-year-old son who has been in the care of Delo and her husband. Children Protective Services is also assisting with this case.