LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A 31-year-old Walnut Creek woman who allegedly abandoned her 6-year-old, non-communicative son at Union Station on the Fourth of July was charged today with felony child endangerment.
Dava Denise Webster is accused of abandoning her son, who was spotted by witnesses and a security guard. After a wave of media coverage seeking to identify the boy, someone who recognized the child came forward and he was reunited with family.
The boy was initially believed to be deaf and possibly autistic, and his inability to communicate hampered the investigation into how he ended up unattended and who had left him at the station, according to LAPD Sgt. Hector Guzman.
Webster was arrested Thursday afternoon when she returned to Union Station and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
She was expected to be arraigned sometime Monday in downtown Los Angeles. She is facing up to six years in prison if convicted as charged, prosecutors said.