A 28-year-old Rancho Cucamonga mother who allegedly left her 4-year-old daughter home alone while she took a day trip to San Diego was charged with child endangerment Thursday.
Bing Chen was charged one day after a group of children heard her daughter crying for help inside an apartment in the 10900 block of Terra Vista Parkway (map).
The children knocked on the door about 3 p.m. and spoke to the girl who appeared to be in distress, but didn’t tell their parents until later that night.
“The child was left unattended … anywhere from seven to 10 hours,” according to Sgt. Michael Kleczko with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Chen was taken into custody when she returned home at about 10:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
Through an interpreter, Chen told authorities she had gone to San Diego for a day trip and she believed it was OK to leave her daughter at home because she had left food and instructions on when to eat and go to bed.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed felony child endangerment charges against Chen on Thursday, court documents showed.
KTLA’s Dianne Sanchez contributed to this report.