Bariames ruled competent |

Bariames ruled competent

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

A Stateline man was found competent to stand trial on charges stemming from the Sept. 21 discovery of his malnourished infant son who was found lying next to his dead mother in the family’s apartment.

George J. Bariames, 36, is being held at Douglas County Jail.

District Court Judge Michael Gibbons made the competency ruling Monday. On Tuesday, Tahoe Township Judge Richard Glasson lowered Bariames’ bail from $500,000 to $200,000 and set a preliminary hearing date of Jan. 7.

Bariames is charged with child abuse and neglect. No charges have been filed in the death of his 36-year-old wife, Debbie. Toxicology reports from her autopsy have been released to attorneys but have not been made public.

He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if found guilty.

On Monday his attorney, Derrick Lopez, said Bariames can’t assist in his own defense.

“His mental state is not a rational state,” Lopez said. “He is clearly not in a position to help.”

During Monday’s proceedings, Gibbons said two mental health evaluations on Bariames at Lake’s Crossing, a mental-health facility in Sparks, showed he was suffering some sort of delirium D although he is now competent to understand the court proceedings he faces.

Lopez said that delirium would most certainly “play out a role in the defense” for Bariames. Lopez said yes when Gibbons asked if he was referring to a possible insanity plea for Bariames in the future.

The outcome of a closed hearing Monday afternoon to determine the custody of Bariames’ 10-month-old son, Nicholas, was unavailable. However, Lopez said Tuesday the child is in protective care in Douglas County.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Glasson lowered the bail amount to $200,000. To be released, Bariames would have to post $20,000 cash and he would be placed under house arrest under the supervision of his parents, who live in Las Vegas.

Deputy District attorney Dina Salvucci argued against lowering the bail and house arrest, saying that Bariames has had “a persistent prescription drug problem” and because of that, may pose a threat to society.

“He did not feed his child for four days. It was his failure to act to cause this life-threatening event,” Salvucci told the judge.

Glasson ordered several conditions for Bariames, among them including house arrest with his parents in Las Vegas, no unauthorized of prescription drugs, no alcohol use in a gaming establishment, and no contact with his child.

The woman and infant were found when sheriff’s deputies checked on the former Las Vegas family at their Market Street apartment near Kingsbury Grade. A male acquaintance reportedly contacted authorities because he was concerned about Bariames’ demeanor during a telephone conversation.