Police: Mother tied 4-year-old to bush

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a Rockland County mother who couldn't handle her 4-year-old son tied the boy to a bush while she went into an apartment to babysit.

Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica says 22-year-old Mery Isabel Quinde-Castro left her son outside for more than 30 minutes Tuesday. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and released on $2,500 bail.

Modica says a neighbor called police after they saw the boy tied to a bush by a tether on his backpack.

Quinde-Castro didn't answer reporters' questions about the charges. But her sister, Rosa Quinde-Castro, says she did nothing wrong and is a "good mother."

The boy was turned over to a relative.

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