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There seems to be no shortage of horrific stories about neglected and abused children across this nation. After today’s heart-breaking news that the mother previously charged in the murder of Shaniya Davis, her 5 year-old daughter, was released, NewsOne is committed to telling the stories the mainstream news suppresses. To learn more about child abuse & neglect and what you can do to help in your community, click here. Also, click here to follow the Shaniya Davis tragedy. -NewsOne Staff


Araceli Gutierrez of East Chicago, Ind. is facing felony charges of neglect after her 3-year-old son was found with cocaine in his sock.

Gutierrez left her son with her sister on January 22, according to the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, and never said when she would be back for him. The boy’s aunt bathed him, and as she was dressing him in the clothes his mother left, she found a clear wrapper filled with white powder tucked in his sock.

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According to the Post-Tribune, this is not the first blemish on Gutierrez’s parenting record. In 2008, she was reportedly charged with child neglect when her son was found alone on a rooftop. Gutierrez was asleep in her apartment.

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