3 children left in desert without water as punishment

3 children left in desert without water as punishment
Published: 2016 July 15 08:15:31 (6095 Views)
A mother and her boyfriend were arrested after they punished her three young children by leaving them in the desert in Twentynine Palms in temperatures just shy of 100 degrees on Wednesday, sheriff's officials said.

The children, a 7-year-old girl, 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy, were discovered about 11:20 a.m. according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Their parents were "down the road from the children,"  sheriff's spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said.

Officials haven't determined why the children were being punished, but they did not need medical treatment after they were found.

They had been in the desert for about 45 minutes without any shoes or water before a local resident alerted authorities.



"The temperature was going up over the course of that hour," said Todd Lericos, a meteorologist.

Bachman said the children were living in a truck with their mother and her boyfriend, who were all described as "local transients."

The adults were identified as Mary Bell, 34, and Gary Cassle, 29. They were arrested on suspicion of child abuse and each one is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Morongo Basin Jail.

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Friday. According to court records, Cassle has several convictions dating back to 2009 for crimes that include being drunk in public, disturbing the peace and driving without a valid license.

CL Lopez, a spokeswoman for San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, said she could not say whether her agency took custody of the children.




Source - Desert Sun

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Very evil parent she wanted to kill them

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