Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Texas Woman Leaves Four Children Unattended to Run Errands


I advise all of my clients and readers of this blog to be attentive drivers at all times. Especially during this busy holiday season, we are distracted by thoughts of shopping lists, party menus, and travel plans. Do not let these issues prevent you from keeping your distance from the driver in front of you and maintaining the speed limit. This advice is especially true if any poor driving decisions result in an accident that requires the attention of police officers and these officers discover that you have left four small children alone at home while you run errands. This horrible revelation will lead to more than just a dented fender or time in traffic school. You could end up facing years in prison. Just ask Edel Sum.

Ms. Sum runs a day care facility out of her home and, on Monday of this week, she was supposed to be caring for a two-year-old and three little ones who were only a year in age. Assuming that the four toddlers were old enough to take care of themselves for a while, Sum decided to run a few errands around her Round Rock neighborhood. She might have gotten away with this crime, but she was involved in a car wreck and police were called to the scene. Sum got real nervous and insisted that she had to leave immediately because her kids were home alone. An officer who went to her house discovered the frightening situation.

Endangering or abandoning a child is a charge not taken lightly in Texas, and Ms. Sum now faces four felony counts of this crime. She faces up to eighty years in prison for leaving the four preschoolers alone in their playpens while she took care of personal business. She now waits in the Williamson County Jail with her bail set at $20,000.

Nothing angers a community, and this law firm, more than crimes involving children. However, every accused individual has a right to her day in court and a thorough defense effort on her behalf. If you have been accused of any crime, Bertolino LLP has defense attorneys who can help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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