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Babysitter charged again with child endangerment

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 4:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 11:49 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock woman who previously pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed day care was charged Monday with child endangerment.

Annette T. Zender, 53, of 15704 Route 14 in Woodstock, was arrested on child endangerment charges after police received a call about a 3-year-old boy walking along Route 14 by himself. The boy was found about 1 mile away from Zender’s home.

Zender told police that she left the child outside for a moment to get him a drink, and he was gone when she came back, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Zender faced four child-endangerment charges April 2012 after a 5-year-old boy in her care ran into a tree and suffered a concussion. She failed to get the child medical attention after the incident. Zender later pleaded guilty to running an unlicensed day care and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The current child endangerment charge is a Class A misdemeanor. She had bond set at $1,500 and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 18.

Zender had provided unlicensed day care for up to 12 children under 6 years old before her April 2012 arrest. Deputies have notified the Department of Children and Family Services about the incident, according to the news release.

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