Woman accused of locking grandson in dog kennel
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COMMERCE CITY – A woman is accused of locking her 13-year-old grandson in a dog kennel while she went to work for the last three years.
Commerce City Police responded to 6775 Ash St. on a report of child abuse and arrested 61-year-old June Candelario.
Police say she kept her grandson in a plastic 46"x30"x35" dog kennel while she was at work. Candelario is a detention counselor for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. She works Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Candelario would lock him in the kennel before she left for work, and then open the kennel when she got home around 3 a.m., according to police.
Candelario is in custody for second degree kidnapping, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and child abuse. Her bond was set at $100,000.
Neighbors say Candelario has been the boy’s guardian for seven years, since his mother died. Commerce City Police say the boy is now with protective services.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office say she will be suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Colorado State Patrol told 9NEWS Candelario worked for their agency as a trooper, but left in 1989.