SBC Sheriff

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Colorado woman Christmas night in Vidal Junction, Calif. for cruelty to children, possession of a controlled substance, and on a felony warrant from Colorado.

Amanda Konkel, 30, of Duranago, Colo. was arrested Dec. 25 at the service station in Vidal Junction, which is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 95 and California Highway 62.

According to a press release, deputies from the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded at 9:37 p.m. to a report of a child locked in a running vehicle in the area of Vidal Junction. Deputies responded and located the red Chevrolet Silverado at the Chevron gas station at 3550 U.S. Highway 95 and observed two small children, a three-year-old and six-year-old, sleeping in the rear seat of the vehicle.

“The reporting party and registered vehicle owner, later identified as Amanda Konkel, was found to have an active felony warrant for burglary in Colorado,” the press release. “Konkel was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in an area of the vehicle that was accessible to the children.”

Deputies safely removed the two children from the locked vehicle, the release stated. They transported by deputies to the Needles station, where they were released to a family member.

The press release stated Konkel was arrested and booked into the Needles Jail for cruelty to child/child endangerment, possession of an illegal controlled substance and the felony warrant. She remains in custody for her charges and no bail warrant, pending court appearance and extradition.

The Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Deputy Bryant Moore at the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department located at 1111 Bailey Avenue, Needles, Calif. or call (760) 326-9200. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or via their website at


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