Child abuse suspect’s bail lowered |

Child abuse suspect’s bail lowered

Bail has been lowered for a Stateline man who faces child abuse charges stemming from the Sept. 21 discovery of his malnourished infant son who was found lying next to his dead mother in the family’s apartment.

Tahoe Township Judge Richard Glasson on Tuesday lowered George Bariames’ bail from $500,000 to $200,000 and set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 7. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if found guilty.

Bariames, who is charged with child abuse and neglect, on Monday was deemed competent stand trial.

If Bariames posts bond, he would be placed in house arrest under the supervision of his parents who live in Las Vegas.

Deputy District Attorney Dina Salvucci argued against lowering the bail and house arrest, saying that Bariames has had “a persistent prescription drug problem” and because of that may pose a threat to society.

“He did not feed his child for four days. It was his failure to act to cause this life-threatening event,” Salvucci told the judge.

Glasson ordered several conditions for release: no unauthorized use of prescription drugs, no alcohol use in a gaming establishment and no contact with his child.

The woman and infant were found when sheriff’s deputies checked on the former Las Vegas family at their Market Street apartment near Kingsbury Grade. A male acquaintance reportedly contacted authorities because he was concerned about Bariames’ demeanor during a telephone conversation.

No charges have been filed in the death of his 36-year-old wife, Debbie. Toxicology reports from her autopsy have been released to attorneys but have not been made public.

His attorney, Derrick Lopez, said Bariames was suffering some sort of delirium at the time that his wife died and during the days after her death. Lopez said that delirium would most certainly “play out a role in the defense” for Bariames.

The child, Nicholas, is in child protective services care in Douglas County.

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