A 40-year-old California mother was arrested after her 12-year-old daughter was found completely naked eating food from a trash cans.

Passersby called 911 after they spotted the naked child eating garbage from a can in a Temecula neighborhood on Thursday.

By the time officers arrived the child had left the garbage can and was found sitting in a BMW with a blanket over her.

After questioning the child, officers learned that her mother, Tracy Lynn Betts, had left her in the parked luxury vehicle outside Veil Elementary School where she works as a teacher’s aide.

The child told officers that her mother had taken her clothes, including her shoes, to prevent her from leaving the vehicle.

The girl said she got hungry while waiting for her mother to get off work.

Betts was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.  She was released from jail on Friday on $15,000 bail.

The girl was taken to the nearby hospital and is now in protective custody.

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