9-year-old found living in shed amid drug bust

Posted at 3:58 PM, Apr 07, 2016

LAKESIDE, Calif. - A 9-year-old girl was discovered living in a small shed in Lakeside, along with her father and an adult woman.

Sheriff's deputies were conducting a probation compliance check Thursday in the 12700 block of Lindo Lane when they discovered the trio. Also found in the shed were a shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, 8.1 grams of methamphetamine and items indicating narcotics sales.

The 9-year-old girl was taken into protective custody.

There were others on the property as well -- six men and two women were arrested and booked into jail. They are facing a series of charges that include felony child endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a stun gun, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a dangerous drug (heroin), possession of narcotic paraphernalia and probation violations.

An agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded to the scene to evaluate for possible federal charges as well.

Anyone with information that can aid investigators is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a felony arrest.

On Friday, 10News learned the girl's father, 60-year-old Joe Tavolazzi Jr., was scheduled to be arraigned on four felonies and a misdemeanor in San Diego Superior Court Monday.

Tavolazzi's bail is set at $195,500.

10News did an online search and found a dozen domestic cases filed against Tavolazzi since 1987. The most recent was a domestic violence case filed by the mother of the girl deputies discovered in the shed.

In her request for a protective order, the mother claims Tavolazzi choked her in front of their daughter, used profanity and threw several items at her including a drill.

The case was dismissed after a process server failed to find Tavalozzi to notify him of the lawsuit.

Calls and emails to the girl's mother went unanswered.

10News also discovered several criminal cases against Tavalozzi, but was not able to see the filed because court closes early on Fridays.