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.