Four people, including a child's parents, are behind bars, after a Sheriff's deputy spotted a 3-year-old traveling in the bed of a pick-up truck Tuesday afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Victorville station officials said.


Chrystal Bazurto, 29, and Richard Aguirre, 32, both of Hesperia, were arrested for child endangerment after their child was found lying in the bed of the truck along with a man identified as Rayshawn Gardner, 34, of Perris. Gardner and the driver —the child's uncle, Alfredo Aguirre, 30, of Moreno Valley — were also arrested.


At about 3:15 p.m., authorities received several calls from concerned motorists about a child in the bed of the truck leaving the Jack in the Box on Hesperia Road near Jasmine Street, according to a sheriff's press release.


Deputy Matthew Gordon spotted the vehicle and stopped it near Crestview Drive. When Gordon lifted the tarp on the truck, he found Gardner and the child.


All four were arrested and booked for felony child endangerment and Gardner also had a warrant out for his arrest.


The child was placed with Child and Family services, Karen Hunt, spokeswoman for the Victorville station. She added authorities were trying to locate family members for the child, but as of 4 p.m. they were having little luck.


Authorities want to remind drivers the bed of a truck is not meant for passengers and especially small children who cannot be restrained. There are some situations where a person can be a passenger in the bed of a truck, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including using a federally approved restraint system.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.