Arraignment Set for Woman Accused of Leaving Daughter Naked in Car

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, of Murrieta, faces up to one year in jail if convicted on one count of child endangerment in the Feb. 2 incident in Temecula, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A Murrieta woman while she went to work at a Temecula school is set to be arraigned Thursday.

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, is scheduled to be arraigned on at 7:30 a.m. at Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, according to John Hall, spokesperson for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Betts allegedly left her 12-year-old daughter in a parked car on Avenida de Calazada Feb. 2 with no clothes on, and proceeded to walk to her job as a teacher's aide at , Hall said.

"Around noon, residents in the neighborhood called Temecula police to report that a naked girl was foraging for food in garbage cans," Hall said. "Officers found the girl hiding in a car belonging to Betts. The passenger-side window was cracked about an inch and there was no food, water or clothing found in the car."

Following a police investigation, Betts was arrested Feb. 16 while on duty at the school. She stayed overnight at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta and was released after posting a $15,000 bond, jail records show.

If convicted as now charged, Betts faces up to one year in custody, Hall said.


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