Coffee Shop-2403

Archived photo of Tauney Lee Van Sickle and Frank Mark Sanchez, in 2008, at the soft opening of The Rocket Cafe coffee house at 19th and Eye streets. Both are now charged with sex crimes.

A woman charged with killing her teenage daughter’s baby will be back in court next week.

Beant Dhillon, 43, will have two hearings, one on Wednesday and the other on Thursday, where a judge is expected to consider evidence in the case and decide whether to move the case to trial. Dhillon has pleaded not guilty to murder, assault of a child under 8 years old causing death and wilfull cruelty to a child.

Dhillon was arrested on Feb. 26 after Bakersfield police found the body of a newborn buried in the backyard of a residence in the 5200 block of Shining Crag Avenue in southwest Bakersfield.

Over the course of the investigation, BPD said a 15-year-old girl had given birth to a baby boy in November at her family home. Dhillon, the juvenile’s mother, drowned the baby within hours of birth. The baby was then wrapped in a garbage bag and buried in a flower bed.

Dhillon told police she did it to prevent family shame, according to court documents. 

Officers also arrested Dhillon's husband, 48-year-old Jagsir Singh, in the case for allegedly being an accessory and willful cruelty to a child. He later died on March 7 in an apparent suicide, according to police.

Also returning to court next week is former Green Room owner Frank Sanchez and ex girlfriend Tauney Van Sickle, who are accused of having sex acts with a minor.

Sanchez and Van Sickle both have readiness hearings on Friday, when trial dates could be set. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, continuous sexual abuse of a minor and using a minor for obscene matter.

Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to additional charges of sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a child.

Sanchez, former owner of downtown cocktail lounge The Green Room, was arrested in December 2017, along with Van Sickle, after a young woman came forward to law enforcement accusing them of having sex acts with her five times over a six-month period when she was 11 years old.

Court documents say Sanchez and Van Sickle admitted to the sex acts. However, they later pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Joseph Luiz can be reached at 661-395-7368. Follow him on Twitter: @JLuiz_TBC.

(1) comment


Why is this a 'DOUBLE HEADER' article . . . ? >> Two separate news stories . . . different courts, different sorts (?) . . . as are the stories.
Don't get it . . . ?!
Certainly there seems herein a modicum of concern for the "misguided" . . . and that's only one word . . . describing a Sikh mother from a VERY DIFFERENT culture which is obviously not the "AMERICAN WAY". And that "community's" misguided perceptions of "ASSIMILATION" within OUR US "COMMUNITY" ("Devastated Sikhs, stunned by baby's killing, demand answers of themselves--ROBERT PRICE Mar 10, 2019)
The current Oath of Allegiance [taken and subscribed by every lawful permanent resident (LPR) who wishes to become a national of the United States (American)] is as follows:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.[8]"
HOWEVER . . . Sanchez and Van Sickle, having admitted (repeat quotes. . . "HAVING ADMITTED"!) to their predation and are in no way equivalent HEREIN with their . . . "lewd and lascivious acts . . . continuous sexual abuse . . . obscene . . . sexual intercourse . . . oral copulation with a child . . . five times . . . six-month period . . . 11 years (old) . . . " (!)
More "Yellow Journalism" . . . ?

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.