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Murrieta Woman Charged for Allegedly Leaving Daughter Naked, Hungry

Tracy L. Betts, 41, of Murrieta, is accused of leaving her daughter naked and hungry in her car while she went to work as a teacher's aide at an elementary school in Temecula.

A Murrieta woman accused of abandoning her 12-year-old daughter in a car without any clothes or food while she went to work was charged today with child endangerment.

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, could face a year in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor count.

Betts, who is free on $15,000 bail, after her daughter was located by Riverside County sheriff's deputies naked and alone in a car parked in the 29000 block of Avenida De Calzada in Temecula.

Area residents called the sheriff's department when they spotted the girl walking nude, rummaging through trash cans for food, according to the District Attorney's Office.

An investigation revealed that Betts left the child unattended in her vehicle, without clothes or provisions, while she went to work at nearby Vail Elementary School in Temecula, where she was then employed as a teacher's aide, authorities allege.

Investigators turned the case over to the D.A.'s office, seeking charges against Betts within a couple weeks of her arrest. However, prosecutors returned the case to the sheriff's department for further investigation, eventually culminating in the filing of the misdemeanor allegation.

No arraignment date has been set for the defendant.

Fred Kempf July 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I bet you believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus too! You know absolutely nothing about the statistics of different ethnic groups of people in this country and their reliance on welfare and food stamps, the murder rates, gang activity, the treatment of their own children, how many children in these areas are fatherless. My comments have nothing to do with a criminal case, that will certainly be brought against this sick woman. It has a lot to do with how to correct problems of these areas that are taking over Cities like Detroit and Chicago. Do shove it up your pius "a---" !
Fred Kempf July 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM
To Chucky Cheese Avery: Veddy intarestink, but Du ist Shtupid! Read my response to Sister Cathy! She's going to crawl in a hole and pray for this Stupid worthless excuse for a mother. I only calls them as I seez dem!
Michelle Deskin July 28, 2012 at 04:59 AM
it's a sad situation regardless of the who, what, why & how. Yes, stories are very much amplified by reporters as usual. Everyone can look at a situation & probably not one person will have the exact same judgement. But almost all will want to crucify her. Reporters need to look into situations better & report the good & the bad. Then retract their story if it's wrong & apologize! Wouldn't that change the world!!!
Fred Kempf July 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Well, this has been gong on in the news media ever since the first newspaper was ever printed. Can't stop that. "Freedom of the Press". Okay, I am alledgedly crucifiing her, and this story, so far is accurate. I reserve the right in saying this woman had no business having children. That's a fact, Jack!
Maxx July 31, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I hope CPS takes her child away from her.


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