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NEW: Babysitter jailed after 4-year-old wanders off


A 4-year-old boy was found wandering alone in a suburban West Palm Beach neighborhood Thursday after the woman responsible for his care left him unattended while she went to work, authorities said.

Margarita Paredes, 21, was arrested on one count of child neglect. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail early Friday after posting $3,000 bail.

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The child appeared to be in good health and uninjured, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies say a woman left the child in Paredes’ care while the woman attended a wedding at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. Paredes later informed the woman that she had to leave to go to work at a McDonald’s in Wellington.

According to the report, the woman asked Paredes to leave the child in another person’s care.

Paredes took the child to another residence and left him inside the front gate, but did not check to see if anyone was home or confirm that the child went inside, the arrest report said.

The boy — who only spoke Spanish — was found wandering shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Meridian Road, south of Okeechobee Boulevard and east of Drexel Road. He told a deputy he was lost and did not know how to find his way back to his house, deputies say. Neighbors were eventually able to help deputies find the boy’s home.



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