March 31, 2009
Jessica Zarate Left In A Hurry - Mother Abandons Toddlers After Son Was Found Alone, Eating From Garbage Can
Jessica Zarate "I love my babies" MySpace Page
Madera, California (The Weekly Vice) -- Jessica Zarate, a 21-year-old California woman was arrested after abandoning two boys. One was found eating from a garbage can.
According to Madera Police, a three-year-old boy was found eating out of a garbage can in the city's Rotary Park. Officers were unable to identify the boy and communication was difficult because of the boy's broken English language skill.
Authorities released a photo of the boy, which the local media broadcast to the public.
On Monday at about 5 p.m. Zarate contacted authorities, claiming that the child was hers. Officers went to the woman's residence on Tuesday, but discovered that she had fled. She reportedly left her two-year-old son behind without relatives to care for him. Zarate was later discovered hiding out at a friend's residence.
Zarate was arrested and booked into jail on two counts of felony child abandonment. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Both children were taken into protective custody until a suitable home can be found.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
The kid is eating out of a trash can? Perhaps she could have skipped a few meals and given them to him. Hopefully that won't even be a possibility for a very long time.
The Weekly Vice
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