Woman Whose Child Was Found Naked Charged

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, of Murrieta, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child endangerment, according to an information officer with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

Charges were filed against a woman whose daughter was found naked in a parked vehicle in Temecula last winter.

Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, of Murrieta, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child endangerment, according to an information officer with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

According to authorities, Betts on Feb. 2 had parked her vehicle in the 29000 block of Avenida De Calzada Avenida in Temecula, near her job as a teacher’s aide at Vail Elementary School.

She reportedly left the window cracked open about an inch, leaving no food, water or clothing in the vehicle, officials said.

The child was spotted later in the day, naked and rummaging through a trash bin, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies found her naked in the vehicle,

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At the time of Betts' arrest, her 12-year-old daughter was believed to be the same girl who went missing from her Murrieta home last December; she was found at a tailor shop on California Oaks Road and Jackson Avenue.

The girl had called home from that shop.

If convicted of the charge, Betts faces a year in jail, according to the District Attorney’s office’s John Hall.

Badangel July 27, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Dumb beotch...A year is'nt enough
Brenda July 27, 2012 at 09:32 AM
I believe there was alot more to the story, and we are just getting bits and pieces here. Not that anything excuses this behavior from the mother, or foster mother or whatever she ended up being. Supposedly the "mother" only worked as an aid for the morning session, 830 to 12 noon or something, so it wasn't all day the girl was in the car, that she was disabled in some way, and that the mother did not have a sitter that day, and could not miss any more work in fear of being fired. It had said something bout her having been late and missing alot of work having problems with the child. I don't remember all the tiny details way back then, and of course by now it could have all changed to this woman is her mom, kept her in the car every day while she worked etc. Hell who knows the way stories get so misconstrued. Misdeamenor child endangerment gets one year in jail? That doesnt sound correct either? Its also taken them over 6 months to charge her?
Elyse Ted July 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
This is why we always need more foster parents, to ensure children receive better care than this: http://www.kidspeace.org/fosterparent.aspx?ekmensel=b4bf93ab_50_52_224_1
Only my thought July 28, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Does it matter what TINY details are being left out? This lady has no excuse, put you child in day care I am a mother of 5 and my kids DO NOT sit in the car why I care for the needs of others. A YEAR! SAD SAD SAD
TemeculaMom9 July 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
There is no update to this story other than she is being charged. There has got to be more to this story. Why did this child run away last year? Sounds like a cry for help with valid reason behind it. Such a sad story.
TVOR July 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I have to think this child is mentally challenged. That makes it all the more wrong to leave her unsupervised. I don't understand why there was not more info released.
V.W.D.S. July 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
PLEEEZ . Just keep taking children away and handing out to 'foster parents'. Hate to say this, but I've SEEN plenty of foster parents that should not even be doing it. How about instead of PAYING foster parents, we put some money into PARENT EDUCATION. Most parents are just stupid when they do things like this. They are grasping at ways to 'control' their children. Ignorance. Taking kids away is NOT always the answer. It sets up a whole new set of psychological problems in children.
V.W.D.S. July 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Kids run away when you take away their IPODS. Kids run away when you tell them you will not buy them anything at the mall. These days, kids are so spoiled rotten that when a parent tries and asserts control, they threaten to run away. What tools do parents really have these days to instill some respect without getting their kid taken away and a year in jail. I am not saying this woman was correct - I think she is ignorant, but raising my children, I saw plenty of kids out of control that a good spanking and restriction from 'toys' would have fixed their attitude, yet, even a good spanking is illegal, and can put you in jail for a year. AND the kids KNOW THIS.


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