Parents accused of leaving children unsupervised at Eastview Mall plead not guilty

April 20, 2017 06:23 PM

Two people accused of leaving their children unsupervised on a bench while going to work in Eastview Mall were in court on Thursday.

Jean Seide and Bilaine Seint-Just pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges. Their attorney says Bilaine Seint-Just is taking full responsibility and will not be working. 

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Back in March, the parents were charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies say they found three children alone in an employee access hallway.

Both Jean Seide and Bilaine Seint-Just say they are thankful for the outpouring of support from the community. Child Protective Services is working with the family.

They will be back in court on May 18.

"Parenting can be challenging, particulary in tough economic times," says attorney Van White. "That doesn't make us bad parents even when we make maybe a bad choice or two."

White adds, "Things can happen and sometimes we don't respond to them in a way that in hindsight we should have but we move on. And I think the community understands that."

More than $18,000 has been raised online for the couple. They are grateful, but ask that no more money be donated.

"The generosity that we've seen is reflective of the fact that I think most people acknowledge that there are challenges," White says.

Both parents have been released; they are are not in custody because they have no prior criminal history. They could be looking at a year in jail or three years of probation.


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