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.