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12-Year-Old Girl Who Was Found Naked and Eating Out of a Dumpster Had Gone Missing in December
A mother whose 12-year-old daughter was found naked and eating out of a dumpster will be facing child endangerment charges in court.
Tracy Lynn Betts, 40, a resident of Murrieta and a teaching assistant who works at a Temecula elementary school, was arrested after neighbors found her daughter naked, covering herself with a car floor mat and eating bread out of dumpster on Thursday, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Betts was arrested Friday but she was later released on $15,000 bail, and she is facing child endangerment charges, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Temecula Patch has also linked Betts to the case of a 12-year-old girl who went missing overnight back in December. (Court documents show Tracy Betts owns a home with Carl Betts, who picked the girl up in December. The number listed for Tracy is the same number the girl called when she tried to return home.)
It appeared at the time that she ran away from home, and later on she called home and police retrieved her. Here's a passage from a Murrieta Patch article about how she was discovered after being reported missing:
Brian Rezaie, who runs Pompe Tailoring, the shop the girl called home from, said she was "shivering and shaking" when she asked to use the phone.
"She was crying, and it seemed like she had a problem," Rezaie said. "She was saying, 'I'm in the shopping center, I need a ride and someone has to come pick me up.'"
"She just seemed so hopeless," Rezaie said.
Court documents show the girl's parents were also going through the foreclosure process in January 2011