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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.

kristin c July 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Why do all the crazies work at public schools?
MonaRoloson July 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Some people are sick. This is horrible & I do hope she goes to jail. There is no reason or explaination for this to have happened. She should be put in jail naked & see how she likes it!
D July 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
DIRTBAG!! Nothing more to be said.
Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 27, 2012 at 01:51 AM
what a nice thing to say about our public school teachers
Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 27, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Even though I know what she did was wrong ... some part of me wants to know why.. those of you who want to condemn her before knowing .. it must be nice to sit on your God Almighty Thrones!!
kristin c July 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Cathy I did not say all teachers are crazies but it seems a lot of crazies can be found in the schools. Teachers and other school employees are in the news a lot lately for molesting kids and such. And you can take the chip off your shoulder. Nobody is sitting on a throne... we are just simply appalled at how this woman treated her child and works with other children in a school no doubt.
Fred Kempf July 27, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Child Protective Services should put this child in Foster Care. If we could only catch these people in time and sterilize them. Millions of women in ghettos and poverty in this country should NEVER bear children, but it happens. Our prisons are filled to the ceilings with the fathers of these poor children, or they're in a gang selling drugs.. And the beat goes on! This problem will not get fixed with welfare programs. If anything, these hand outs just enable them to keep doing what they are doing. Also, this woman belongs in a mental institution, but we don't have enough or any of those anymore.
arnie rodriguez July 27, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I agree! she is a bottom feeder.
Wizard Without Remorse July 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Heil Fred!
Ryan July 27, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Agreed. There's got to be more to the story than just this. I can understand not having childcare, perhaps even no food in the house, times are tough. But, the naked part is something I'm getting stuck on. Why? Surely some clothes, blanket, or something? Perhaps the child had clothes on and tossed them? Something's missing here.
Christy Rushing July 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
What if she's very upsetting w her teen daughter so she may found a idea of punishment by having her in the car with no clothes n food Instead of leaving her at home which has a full previlgives???
Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
sterilize them? Really Fred ..seems to me you are her judge and jury .. who needs a day in court? You, like me, dont know that ENTIRE story .. so I think you need to hold your horses there!
Cathy Neumann-Bearse July 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Christy .. who knows .. I am just so DARN sick of people becoming judge and jury before the entire story comes out. We have to stop being so judgemental!! OMG its like a plague!
Lynda StarWriter July 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I'm disturbed by the cruelty of her mother as evidenced by leaving the child THAT DAY as I'm sure there have been many more acts of....endangerment. I'm even more disturbed by the volleying of the case between the prosecutors and the sheriff's department as they, no doubt, will attempt to find a thread of a redeeming, maternal quality of Ms. Betts vs. the obvious neglect of her daughter. At best, Ms. Betts is ill ....equipped to care for her daughter and at worst, she is abusive. To what will her unwitting daughter attest aside from the obvious? Will the court listen AND CARE enough to get both mom and daughter the help they need?
mike smith July 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Misdemeanor,,, really ? Seems worse to me then that.
The Gorilla July 27, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Duh Cathy this one is easy to judge. You are such a Liberal dork with this post.
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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