California mother arrested after girl seen 'naked and searching bins for food'

A mother in the US has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after a naked 12-year-old girl was spotted eating food out of rubbish bins.

Sheriff’s officials in Temecula, California, say when police responded to an emergency call on Thursday, they found the girl in a car where she was allegedly left by her 40-year-old mother, who was later arrested.

Witness Dominique Prado told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that she and her husband were in their garden when they saw the girl rooting through a bin.

The girl was then found in a BMW with tinted windows around the corner from the Prados’ home.

Ms Prado says the girl was struggling to cover herself with a floor mat from the vehicle. She gave her an apple, some other food and a bottle of water.

The girl is now in protective custody and was given medical care at a nearby hospital for unspecified ailments.

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