Social Services

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

If you are the caretaker of a child, you should know where the child is at all times. The consequences of not knowing could land you in jail or the child in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

Twenty-two-year-old Monica Arceo is counting her blessings this evening. While her four-year-old son was in the care of a friend this weekend, he allegedly walked out of the house in the middle of the night and was found six blocks from the babysitter's home near this 7-Eleven.

"He crossed the street and there were cars and nothing happened," said Monica Arceo the mother of the young boy.

Lydia Leyja was babysitting the child and was later arrested and charged with felony child neglect. The baby was taken to the Department of Social Services.

Becky Orebaugh with Social Services says you need to be more careful as a parent.

"You really need to know the person you are leaving your children with," said Orebaugh, "are they concerned about safety issues or are they good and compassionate people?"

She says putting your child in an unsafe environment could have serious consequences for everyone involved not just the babysitter.

"Parents could even loose custody of their child if they haven't made a good decision," said Orebaugh.

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