MONTEREY COUNTY (BCN) – A Chualar woman has been sentenced to 300 days in county jail after pleading no contest to child abuse, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Wednesday.
Diane Aguilar, 39, pleaded no contest to one count of felony child abuse involving her 3-year-old son and two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment involving her 5-year-old and 10-year-old sons. She will also be on formal probation for four years and faces up to six years in prison if she violates her probation, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said a truck driver found Aguilar’s 3-year-old on Sept. 13 at 12:30 a.m. walking alone along U.S. Highway 101 and dressed in nothing but shorts. The child was carrying a small dirty blanket and was filthy and cold.
The child was taken to Natividad Medical Center, and deputies went to Aguilar’s home to look for, but she wasn’t home, prosecutors said.
As the deputies were about to leave the residence, Aguilar arrived and told them she was just about to report her son missing, according to prosecutors.
During this time, she had left her 5-year-old son at home alone, and her 10-year-old son was out on his bicycle looking for his 3-year-old brother. She told deputies the 10-year-old was responsible for the 3-year-old.
Deputies found Aguilar’s residence was filthy, infested with insects and in disarray, according to prosecutors.
The two older sons were taken to the medical center, and all three boys were placed in protective custody.
Prosecutors said a similar incident occurred about a year earlier when a man walking his dogs found her then 2-year-old son wandering alone.