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Police Arrest Mother of Girl Left at Baby-Sitter's

May 23, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

A mother who allegedly abandoned her 2-year-old daughter at a baby-sitter's home was arrested Thursday, police said.

Investigating officers said Ellen Hee Cho, 30, apparently left the girl at the baby-sitter's home May 13.

Eight days later, the baby-sitter called police.

The child's picture was broadcast on TV and seen by a friend of her father, who went to the police station Thursday.

Kevin Cho had a falling out with his wife and assumed she had taken the child with her, police said.

Police found Ellen Cho at a friend's house and booked her on suspicion of child endangerment.

"She said she needed to be free of her husband and child," said LAPD Det. Martha Herrera. "Rather than abuse the child, she chose to take her to a place she felt she would be taken care of."

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