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Temecula teacher's aide accused of abandoning daughter remains free on $50,000 bail


Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Issue 46, Volume 16.


MURRIETA - With neither the prosecution or defense ready to move forward, trial proceedings were postponed today for a Temecula woman accused of abandoning her 12-year-old daughter in a car without any clothes or food while the defendant went to work. Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, could face a year in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Trial proceedings were on the calendar of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Raquel Marquez. However, by mutual agreement of the prosecution and defense, Marquez vacated the hearing and instead scheduled a status conference in the case for July 8. Betts remains free on $50,000 bail. She was arrested Feb. 2, 2012, 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. Neighborhood residents called the sheriff's department when they spotted the girl walking around, 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 provisions, while she went to work at nearby Veil Elementary School, 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, culminating in the filing of the misdemeanor allegation last September.

***Previous Story*** MURRIETA - Jury selection is expected to get underway today in the trial of a Temecula woman accused of abandoning her 12-year-old daughter in a car without any clothes or food while the defendant went to work. Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, could face a year in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Betts, who is free on $50,000 bail, was arrested Feb. 2, 2012 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. Neighborhood residents called the sheriff's department when they spotted the girl walking around, 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 provisions, while she went to work at nearby Veil Elementary School, 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 Advertisement
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arrest. However, prosecutors returned the case to the sheriff's department for further investigation, culminating in the filing of the misdemeanor allegation last September.

***Previous Story***MURRIETA- Jury selection is expected to get under way tomorrow for the trial of a Temecula teacher's aide accused of abandoning her 12-year- old daughter in a car without any clothes or food while the defendant went to work. Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, could face a year in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Betts, who is free on $50,000 bail, was arrested on Feb. 2, 2012, 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. Neighborhood residents called the sheriff's department when they spotted the girl walking around, rummaging through trash cans for food, according to the District Attorney's Office. Authorities allege that Betts left the child unattended in her vehicle, without provisions, while she went to work at nearby Veil Elementary School, where she was then employed as a teacher's aide. 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, culminating in the filing of the misdemeanor allegation last September.

***PREVIOUS STORY*** MURRIETA - A trial date is expected to be set today for a Temecula woman accused of abandoning her 12-year-old daughter in a car without any clothes or food while she went to work. Tracy Lynn Betts, 41, could face a year in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Betts, who is free on $15,000 bail, was arrested Feb. 2 after her daughter was found by Riverside County sheriff's deputies naked and alone in a car parked in the 29000 block of Avenida De Calzada. 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, where she was 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, culminating in the filing of the misdemeanor allegation in September.


 

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Comment #1 | Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 9:04 am
Tracy Lynn is very lucky that I'm not the Judge

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