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Quartet arrested after baby found in ‘deplorable’ conditions

Four people were arrested Monday morning after Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies investigating a nearby burglary found a 6-month old baby in a fifth-wheel trailer in “deplorable” conditions.

Deputies were looking into a burglary that occurred at about 10 p.m. Sunday, doing a neighborhood canvass in the 16000 block of Highway 49, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

At around midnight, they questioned Jackie Faith Hurtado, 25, who said she had seen “shadows” at the neighbor’s house Friday, Royal said.

“They did some checking and discovered Hurtado had been released on her own recognizance in a burglary case,” Royal said.

Hurtado had been arrested in connection with several Alta Sierra burglaries Oct. 22, along with Erin Nicole Kirkham and a 16-year-old girl. Hurtado has pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession of stolen property and one count of possession of paraphernalia in that case and is set for a preliminary hearing this morning.

Because Hurtado was on search and seizure terms for the October case, deputies checked the fifth-wheel trailer in which she was living, Royal said.

“It was in deplorable condition,” Royal said. “There was trash everywhere … There was a child on a bed, fastened into a car seat. There was a heater that was touching wood paneling … It was an unfit environment.”

Deputies also allegedly found an 18-pack of beer at the residence, even though Hurtado has a no-alcohol condition as part of her release. They also found a small package of suspected meth under the sofa cushions, Royal said.

The child’s parents, David John Pierce and Brittany Alexandria Stewart, were not at the trailer but returned later, Royal said.

Pierce, 23, allegedly admitted to having taken Adderall, as well as drinking beer and whiskey and smoking marijuana. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and child endangerment, was booked and released on $1,750 bail. Stewart was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, and was booked and released on $750 bail.

Another man at the trailer, Francisco Flores, 42, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and child endangerment, and was being held in lieu of $10,750 bail.

Hurtado was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, committing a felony while on bail, possession of a controlled substance and failure to comply with a court order. She was being held in lieu of $11,500 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.