Woman, After Leaving Her 6-Year-Old Daughter in Car at 1:45am to Meet Man, is Arrested For Child Neglect After Reporting Child Was Abducted

Crime Published On February 24, 2020 08:44 PM
Staff Consortium | February 24, 2020 08:44:49 PM


ST. CROIX — A woman who left her 6-year-old daughter in a car at 1:45 a.m. in the wee hours of Monday morning to go meet a male acquaintance, was arrested at 8:45 a.m. today for child neglect, after a police investigation revealed that the mother's claim that someone had abducted her child was not true. Instead, the daughter called a family member, who then took the child to safety.

The mother was revealed as Olga T. Reyes, age 36 of Peter’s Rest.

 According to V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Toby Derima, a few hours before her arrest, Reyes reported to police that her 6-year-old daughter was abducted. An investigation revealed, however, that Reyes went to a male acquaintance’s residence at about 1:45 a.m., leaving her daughter in her vehicle unattended.

The minor contacted a relative to pick her up. When Reyes returned to her vehicle sometime later, she realized that her daughter was not there. Police were notified several hours after Reyes noticed her daughter missing. The minor was found in good health. Reyes admitted to leaving the minor in the vehicle unattended and was arrested as a result.

Unable to make bail of $10,000, Reyes was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending her advisement hearing.

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