LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Board of Public Works President Andrea Alarcon, the daughter of Councilman Richard Alarcon, is under investigation by police after her 11-year-old daughter was found unattended at City Hall last week, it was reported today.
Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, confirmed an investigation regarding the 33-year-old Alarcon had been referred to her office but said prosecutors have requested more evidence before determining whether to file charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Alarcon was not arrested. Speaking to KNX radio, she said she would seek professional help, without elaborating.
The mayoral appointee declined to discuss the investigation with the The Times.
"My daughter and I have an extremely close relationship and as a single mother, she often accompanies me to special events for work," Alarcon told the newspaper. "Out of respect for my daughter's privacy and because she is a minor, I really have nothing further to say about this matter."
Sources told The Times that officers found Andrea Alarcon's daughter at City Hall at around 11:45 p.m. Friday and took her to the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Station. Alarcon turned up around 2 a.m., according to The Times' sources.
Police opened a child endangerment investigation and contacted the county's Department of Children and Family Services, the sources said.
The incident took place the night City Hall's rotunda and Spring Street entrance were being used for a party thrown by a group devoted to restoring city-owned landmarks.
In December, a California Highway Patrol officer arrested Alarcon on suspicion of drunken driving. Prosecutors charged her with DUI as well as cruelty to a child because her child was in the car.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due back in court again next month. Michael Scafiddi, Alarcon's attorney in that case, told The Times
he expected some of those charges to be dismissed.