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Teacher's Aide Accused of Abandoning Daughter Enters Plea

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, of Murrieta was arrested after her daughter was located by Riverside County sheriff's deputies naked and alone in a car parked on a Temecula street.

A Murrieta woman while she went to work pleaded not guilty today to child endangerment.

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, could face a year in jail if convicted

She appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dennis McConaghy, who set a trial-readiness conference in the case for Oct. 11 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

Betts, who is free on $15,000 bail, was arrested 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 , 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.

3j September 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
It's only a misdemeanor child endangerment charge. Very disappointed in our law enforcement.
TVOR September 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
There has got to be a lot more to this story than has been made public. The whole situation is strange. There must be some kind of mental issues with the girl. Not defending the mom, just saying something is fishy about this whole story.
Linda Davis September 08, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Misdemeanor? Really?
savedbygrace September 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Makes me glad I took my child out of that terrible class and school!!!!! I knew something wasnt right with that aide..
TVOR September 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Saved, there is nothing wrong with that school or class, just that teacher's aid. Vail is a great school with great leadership.

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