Paso Robles couple arrested


Infant safety threatened

PASO ROBLES —  On Feb. 1 at 1:40 a.m., police were conducting a patrol at the Food-4-Less shopping center in Paso Robles when they noticed a man going through a dumpster, a violation of the municipal code.

Officers approached the man, Daniel Lynn Otis, age 30 and noticed that he had a stroller with him. Police found an infant in the stroller under one year of age. During the investigation, they found that Otis was under the influence of a controlled substance. The officers conducted a welfare check on the child and discovered narcotics paraphernalia and a controlled substance in close proximity to the infant. Consequently, Otis was arrested on felony for child cruelty with possible injury or death, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Otis was booked into SLO County Jail at 8:45 a.m. and his bail was set at $100,000.

Police were able to locate the child’s mother, 30-year-old Paso Robles resident Samantha Jean Otis at her home on Veronica Street. Samantha Otis was also under the influence of a controlled substance, according to police, and was also arrested. The child was turned over to Child Welfare Services.

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