A Utah woman is charged with a felony for allegedly stealing the bathing suit of a 5-year-old boy, the first case of its kind in the state’s history.
Jennifer De La Cruz, 32, of Salt Lake City, is charged in court records with one count of child endangerment, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, the Utah Department of Justice said in a statement.
The department said De La Castro was arrested in Utah on Tuesday after the boy told his mother he had a bathing suit, which De La Castros said was stolen, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
De LaCastros’ attorney did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment.
The boy told police that his mother had told him that she was going to take him to a beach because she didn’t want him to be in danger.
The incident happened in January and the boy was taken to a hospital with injuries that required treatment, the department said.
The Utah Department in June notified parents of parents who may have lost their children due to the incident, which was discovered after the child’s mother called 911.
In the statement, the agency said the department was investigating and could not comment further because the case is ongoing.
The child has been taken to Children’s Hospital of Utah for evaluation, and he is expected to survive, the statement said.
A similar case occurred last month when a 2-year old girl was left in a swimming pool by her parents after the mother told them to take her to the beach.
The girl was later found with burns to her legs, according the Associated Press.
In July, a 4-year, 8-month-old girl drowned after she was submerged for three hours in a bathtub after her mother said she had gone swimming, according a report by the Associated Post.
In that case, a mother was charged with second-degree manslaughter and child endangerance.