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A teacher’s assistant from California faces child endangerment charges after her 12-year-old daughter was found naked and rummaging through trash cans for food, officials said.
Police were called on Thursday after a local resident saw a girl walking in Temecula, south-east of Los Angeles, wearing no clothes and eating food out of trash cans.
Tracy Betts, 40, a teaching assistant at nearby Vail Elementary, was arrested at the school on suspicion of felony child endangerment.
A report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise named the resident who alerted police as Dominique Prado, who had been outside pulling weeds from the yard with her husband when she saw the girl rooting through a neighbor’s trash can.
The girl completely naked, without even shoes on her feet, and trying to cover herself with a car floor mat, the newspaper said.
Prado told the newspaper that the girl, who was holding a small piece of bread in her hands, ran around the corner and out of sight.
Prado called 911, and police searched the neighborhood. Prado and her husband found the girl in a BMW parked on their street just around the corner, the newspaper said.
Originally posted by Afterthought
I hope they really throw the book at the mother. It sickens me to know that this woman was working in an environment with children while her own daughter is out there in public nude and hunting for food. The girl is very lucky that some sicko didn't kidnap her.
Betts allegedly left her daughter in a BMW with tinted windows about a block from the school while she was at work.
Police told a neighbor that it seemed the woman left her daughter without clothes or shoes to prevent her from leaving the vehicle, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
Betts was released on $15,000 bail Friday.
Originally posted by innocenttdreams
reply to post by MainLineThis
Murdering people who doesn't fit into your picture of a perfect utopia? Wow, freaking Hitler. You should be sick and ashamed of yourself. How pathetic to even think about moving forward as a human society with this sick mindset.