A Stockton man was arrested for felony child abuse after his foster daughter wound up in a coma.
Paul Teldeschi, 37, was arrested in Belmont on Thursday at a relative’s home. He was transported back to Stockton, and is now at the San Joaquin County jail.
This came after an incident on March 30, 2014, when neighbors told FOX40 that Teldeschi called 911 to report a “sick baby.” When ambulances arrived on the 200 block of East Cleveland Street, emergency crews carried out a 10 month-old girl. His wife Christine, a parenting blogger, was not at home at the time.
The little girl was transported to a local hospital, then life-flighted to Oakland Children’s Hospital, where she is now in a coma. Doctors said they found signs of severe physical abuse. It is believed she will not survive her injuries.
Neighbors of the Teldeschi family said Paul Teldeschi was a loving, family-oriented man, and never imagined anything like this would happen.
“I’ve seen him out there just planting his garden, his daughter was out there playing, and she played with my daughter a couple times,” neighbor Veronica Bernado said. “I never would have thought. He seems like such a nice guy.”
According to San Joaquin Child Protective Services, foster parents must go through a rigorous parenting course, get fingerprinted, and pass a background check. Our searched revealed that Teldeschi had no criminal record.
In a statement, John Greco, Deputy Director of San Joaquin County Children’s Service stated:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent child and her family. Events of this magnitude hit not only the family involved, but also the system that serves kids extremely hard. The majority of foster parents in the state are very committed to the care and welfare of children and when an event like this is alleged to be committed by a foster parent, it affects the foster parent community.”
“I’m just surprised that that is happening, especially when people go through these obstacles to become foster parents, and agree to take care of children who need to be taken care of,” Rosie Calderon of the Stockton Police Department said.
Stockton Police and Child Protective Services are conducting their own investigations. Teldeschi’s wife is not being charged. His bail is set at $250,000, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.