Chelsea Lynn TaitanoÂ (Photo: Courtesy of Department of Corrections)
A 27-year-old womanÂ left herÂ 8-year-old stepson at San Jose Mart in MaiteÂ for more than two hours on Friday night to avoid being asked about the boy when she met with her family,Â local court documents state.
Chelsea Lynn Charfauros Taitano was arrested and charged with child abuse as a misdemeanor, a magistrate’s complaint filed in the Superior Court of Guam says.
Based on court documents, Taitano left the 8-year-old boy from about 5 p.m. to about 7:20 p.m. at San Jose Mart on Friday.
She admitted to leaving the boy “to go spend time with her family and did not want to be questioned about whose kid he was,” court documents state.
“She lost track of time,” Taitano said, and then went back to San Jose Mart, according to the magistrate complaint.
A witness told police that a woman, later identified as Taitano, entered San Jose Mart around 5 p.m. on July 19 with a baby in a carrier and another minor behind her.
Taitano used the store’s phone and an unknown male bought two or three drinks for her, the witness said, according to court documents.
Taitano left the store with the baby in the carrier, while the 8-year-old boy stayed in the store, court documents state.
The witness approached the boy after an unknown amount of time and asked him where his parents are.
The boy stated that his stepmother, Taitano, dropped his father to a game room, court documents state.Â
The witness stayed with the boy for about an hour before calling the police.
The boy cried and stated he did not have any contact information for his family and did not know where they went, documents state.
At about 7:20 p.m., an officer observed a female walking towards San Jose Mart, holding a boy in a baby carrier.
The woman admitted to knowing the 8-year-old boy and that “she didn’t mean to leave him,” court documents state.
The charging documents state that Taitano deserted a child in her care “with intent to abandon him and she unreasonably caused and permitted the physical, mental or emotional health of said child to be endangered.”
Reporter Haidee Eugenio Gilbert covers Guam’s Catholic church issues, government, business and more. Follow her on TwitterÂ @haidee_eugenio.Â
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