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Police: Hudson Valley Mom Tied 4-Year-Old To Bush

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Authorities in Rockland County say a Spring Valley mother who couldn't handle her 4-year-old son tied him to a bush while she went into an apartment to baby-sit.

Police say 22-year-old Mery Isabel Quinde-Castro left her son outside for more than 30 minutes Tuesday. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and released on $2,500 bail.

A neighbor called police after spotting the boy tied to a bush by a tether on his backpack.

Quinde-Castro didn't answer reporters' questions about the charges. But her sister, Rosa Quinde-Castro, says she did nothing wrong and is a "good mother."

The boy was turned over to a relative.

© 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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