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McHenry woman charged with endangering 2-year-old child

McHENRY – A 32-year-old McHenry woman has been charged with child endangerment, according to a news release from the McHenry Police Department.

Gabriela Nieto of the 1900 block of North Orleans Street was arrested Tuesday without incident as the result of an investigation involving a 2-year-old boy.

According to the release, McHenry police responded to a call of a 2-year-old boy found walking in the area of McCullom Lake Road and Orleans Street around 7 p.m. Monday night.

The boy was reportedly wearing only pants and a short sleeve shirt. The boy was transferred from a nearby apartment to the McHenry Police Department, and the Department of Children and Family Services was called to assist.

Nieto was identified as the child’s mother 90 minutes later after calling police to report her child missing.

According to the release, the investigation confirmed the child was left home alone with no supervision.

Endangering the life or health of a child is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and fines up to $2,500.

Nieto posted bond and will appear in court on Feb. 19.

The boy and his sibling were placed into a protective plan by DCFS.

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