Babysitter charged in disappearance

June 18, 2009 at 10:56 PM
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GARY, Ind., June 18 (UPI) -- Police say they are suspicious about a babysitter's account of the disappearance Tuesday of a child in her care in Gary, Ind.

Jada Justice, nearly 3, is missing, and her caregiver, Angelica Castillo, 18, of Hobart, Ind., has been charged with neglect of a dependent, the Gary Post-Tribune reported.

Castillo, a cousin of Jada's mother, Melissa Swiontek of Portage, told police the child disappeared from her car at Glen Park Gas in Gary. She said she left the baby in the unlocked car while she went in to buy milk.

Customers of the gas station told police they didn't see anyone near the car, a 1991 maroon Cadillac Fleetwood. Police dogs found no scent around the car.

A search by police and recruits at a nearby police academy went on for hours.

Police Cmdr. Anthony Titus said, "We are leery of the babysitter's accounting of the facts."

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