Defendant’s seizure delays hearing in child abuse case |

Defendant’s seizure delays hearing in child abuse case

Prior to his first court appearance on felony charges of child abuse and neglect, George James Bariames suffered a seizure in the inmate holding room and was taken by ambulance to Barton Memorial Hospital.

Tahoe-Douglas paramedics said Bariames was awake and breathing inside the emergency vehicle.

The arraignment was rescheduled for 9 this morning at Douglas County District Court.

Bariames, 36, was taken into custody Saturday after sheriff’s deputies responded to a welfare call to his apartment on Market Street, which is off Lower Kingsbury Grade.

Bariames’ 35-year-old wife, Debbie, was found dead on the living room floor with their 10-month-old son, Nicholas, malnourished and dehydrated next to her.

Nicholas was flown to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he was listed in serious condition.

Debbie was dead for several days, a deputy said.

Judge Richard Glasson raised bail from $25,000 to $500,000. Bariames faces a maximum of 20 years in state prison if convicted. Deputy District Attorney Dina Salvucci said Bariames could face the death penalty if the baby dies.

The Washoe County Coroner’s Office could not determine the cause of death during a Monday autopsy. Authorities could wait more than a month for toxicology and other test results to determine what killed the woman.

A friend called the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday shortly after speaking to Bariames, who reportedly was delirious and made comments about terrorists and his wife being dead, a deputy said.

When authorities arrived at the apartment, they peeked through the kitchen window to find Bariames blankly watching television and sweating profusely, a deputy said. In addition, they saw a broken baby swing and what appeared to be a human leg in front of Bariames.

Once inside, deputies tried giving the infant Pedialyte, a baby hydration liquid, but Nicholas didn’t have the energy to drink.

Bariames told deputies a woman named Joey was in the apartment, but authorities could not find anybody.

The family moved to Stateline at the beginning of September. Last year Bariames worked at Anchor Coin in Las Vegas as a slot technician.

Anchor Coin has 180 stores in Nevada. The store in Las Vegas served grocery stores and bars. Technicians would arrive to fix machines or pay jackpots, said Shirly Morey, a receptionist.

Morey said Bariames was an average worker who kept to himself. Bariames left after a falling out with a best friend who also worked at Anchor, said Morey.

The Bariameses reportedly left Las Vegas for Kansas. About three months ago, Bariames returned to ask for his job back but the company wasn’t hiring, Morey said.

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