A young woman was arrested for tying up her four-year-old son to a bush “like a dog” while babysitting, because she did not want to bring the child into her employers’ home.
Mery Isabel Quinde-Castro, 22, took up a babysitting job in Spring Valley, New York, on Monday and drove to her employers’ apartment building with her son.
Having no one to care for her own child, Quinde-Castro did not want her employer to know that she had brought him along, so she did not take the boy into the apartment. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Mery Isabel Quinde-Castro, 22, has been arrested after allegedly tethering her four-year-old son to a bush (below) while she was babysitting, because she did not want to bring him into her employers’ home.
To resolve her predicament, the mother tied a backpack to her son’s back and waist and then used a four-foot-long leash to tie the bag itself to a bush outside the building, police said.
An upsetting picture shows the young boy, kneeling on the ground and facing the bush, while his mother would have been inside the apartment, about 200 feet away.
The photo shows a phone placed next to the child. It is unknown at this time whether the phone was left there when the child was tied up by his mother for him to use or after he was found.
A neighbor discovered the four-year-old at around 9 am on Monday and immediately called the police, according to ABC 7. Police and an ambulance quickly arrived at the scene and the boy was untied.
2. Quinde-Castro (seen in her mug shot) reportedly had no-one to take care of her child while she was babysitting, and did not want the family she was working for to know that she had brought him along.
Quinde-Castro was then arrested and has now been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The mother told the police that her son was tied to the bush for just 10 minutes and added that she had left him there because he did not want to go into the apartment.
Police, however, say that the child had been tied up for at least half an hour and as long as 45 minutes, The Journal News reports. At present it is unclear for how long Quinde-Castro had planned on leaving the child there.
3. The mother is seen carrying her young son while being taken into custody by a police officer.
4. Quinde-Castro (seen being taken into custody) is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica said:
Regardless, 10 minutes or 10 seconds, our investigation is leaning closer to more than a half hour, 45 minutes, that the child was out there.
Len Alvino, a resident of the apartment building where Quinde-Castro was babysitting, said:
It befuddles me why she would tie a child up to a tree, almost like a dog.
5. In an interview with police, the suspect said that her son was tied to the bush (pictured, center front) at the Blueberry Hill complex for only 10 minutes because he would not come inside the apartment.
Speaking to The Journal News, Detective Robert Bookstein said that Quinde-Castro would not have been able to hear or see her son from inside the apartment. He said:
Putting the child in that position puts the child at risk of bodily harm and mental anguish.
The child could have possibly been kidnapped or killed.
The child was not harmed during the incident. Quinde-Castro has been released on a $2,500 bail on Tuesday afternoon and will appear in court on Thursday. Her son has been placed in the care of a relative.
6. A 22-year-old woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child — an ABC 7 report.
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