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October 13, 2007 permalink
A Texas mother committed a common act for parents of young children, leaving a baby alone for a short period of time. Usually this happens when a mom leaves a baby in a car while she runs into a store to make a purchase. In the Texas case, the mom left the baby in the safety of her own home while running an (undisclosed) errand. Texas has charged her with felony abandonment, just as if she deliberately fed her baby to wolves. The child protectors have taken all four of her kids. If Texas remuneration is similar to Ontario, they can expect a million dollar jackpot on this case.
Mom, 23, goes to jail
By ZACHARY FRANZ , LAREDO MORNING TIMES
When a Child Protective Services case worker went to a home in the 1800 block of Convent Avenue to investigate the care of the children on Friday, it started badly.No one answered the door, but the caseworker could hear a baby crying inside, said Jose E. Baeza, a spokesman for the Laredo Police Department. After waiting about 10 minutes, the caseworker saw the mother, Norma Alicia Cabello, return home, Baeza said.
The child inside the home was a 2-month-old boy, Baeza said. Police are not sure how long he was alone before the CPS agent arrived, but the child was unharmed and did not need medical attention, Baeza said.
Cabello, 23, was arrested at about 11 a.m. on Friday and charged with endangering a child, a state jail felony.
Cabello also has three children who were at school at the time, Baeza said. CPS took custody of all four children.
Cabello was taken to the Laredo Police Department, then held at Webb County Jail without bond. If convicted, she could be punished with up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
(Contact reporter Zachary Franz at 728-2582 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Laredo Morning Times 2007