Mother of 9 arrested for alleged child abuse

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Nine children were placed under the custody of Child Protection Services after three of the children were found walking on the road and reported not seeing their parents for several days.

This wasn’t the first time authorities responded to the home of Kristy Anne Garrido. In fact police say they’ve been there to entertain child neglect complaints several times since 2016.

On January 7, police responded to the Pagachao area for a report of three children walking by themselves. Court documents state that the children told police that they had not seen their parents for several days. The officers noted that the children were dirty and smelled as if they had not been bathed in quite some time.

The children told police that they were walking to their aunt’s house on a mission to find their parents.

Police took the children to their home in Agat where officers noted four other children ranging in age from 12 to 3 years old.

Court documents state that the home had running water and electricity but it was filthy.

“The residence smelled strongly of human feces, trash, and other smells. Officers observed dirty clothes, trash, and empty food cans strewn about the residence. They also observed human feces on several surfaces inside the residence,” the complaint stated.

Police say Garrido reported that she had left the residence with a Marvin Cruz and one of their children in order to get milk for their oldest child’s newborn baby. Garrido claims that their car broke down and so they slept overnight in the car. Police say she admitted to not calling to check on her other children and had only done so after police contacted her.

Officers also interviewed the eldest child who informed police that the residence was always like that and she moved out because she could not raise her newborn there.

Garrido was arrested and charged with seven counts of child abuse as a misdemeanor.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.