The president of the city of Los Angeles's Board of Public Works, Andrea Alarcón, is entering professional treatment after her 11-year-old daughter Cheyenne turned up alone late last Friday night at Los Angeles City Hall.
Two hours later, Alarcón, 33, left a City Hall party and arrived at police headquarters, where officers had taken the girl. Police did not arrest the mother.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a statement from Alarcón Thursday:
"My daughter is my top priority and nothing could be more important to me than her well-being. In order for me to be the best parent possible, I have decided to seek professional help and treatment. I ask that the media respect my family's privacy during this difficult time."
The professional help and treatment Alarcón says she is seeking was not specified.
Last week’s incident is under investigation, a spokeswoman from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said, and no decision has been made on whether to file charges. The DA's Office said they couldn't comment further since the case is under investigation.
Andrea Alarcón was also arrested last December by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence, with a child in her car, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was charged with drunk driving and committing cruelty to a child by endangering her health, but pleaded not guilty to those charges — she’s due back in court next month, according to the Times.
Alarcón, who’s worked on the public works commission for three years, is the daughter of City Councilman Richard Alarcón.
KPCC has tried to contact Andrea Alarcón's attorney, but he hasn’t yet responded to an interview request.
This story has been updated.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the L.A. County District Attorney's Office had confirmed what kind of investigation Andrea Alarcón was being investigated for, which they have not.