The Ontario County Office of the Sheriff has reported that Jean Seide, 39, and Bilaine Seint-Just, 36, were arrested and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to police, both are alleged to have brought their children to Eastview Mall and left them unsupervised on a bench while they went to work in the mall.
Police say the children were reported to Eastview Mall security who relayed the report to Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies who found their three children, 8, 6, and 1 month old in an employee access hallway,
Officers say the parents were given appearance tickets for the charges and will appear in Victor Town Court at a later date.
Police say Child Protective Services were also notified of the arrest and situation of the children.
Here’s a more personal story:
“He’s a good father. He just… you know.. life is sometimes hard,” said neighbor, Karim Makaya.
Karim Makaya knows Jean Seide and Bilaine Seint-Just, very well. In fact, they helped each other when they all moved to New York from Africa.
“In America, life is not easy. Its not easy. We have to go to work and at the same time take care of the kids. Its not easy. They don’t get anything for Welfare,” she said.
Makaya opened a day care, where she watched her Seide’s children while he and Seint-Just went to work at Eastview Mall. Recently; however, she started going to school on Saturdays and could no longer watch the children. Leaving the two working parents in a tough predicament.
“They had again come to work and due to a lack of daycare, had brought the children to work with them that day,” said Sheriff Philip Povero from Ontario County.
Sheriff Povero also says that the children were unsupervised in the mall for around six hours. But Makya says this is *not* a case of bad parenting. They were trying to do the best they could.
“When you don’t know somebody’s life don’t try to judge the person. Don’t try to judge the person when you don’t know his life,’ she said.
Sheriff Povero says though this was bad decision made overall, he understands the struggle these parents are going through.
“Its admirable that a mother and a father would want to continue their employment and not lose their jobs – to continue to provide financail support for the food, clothing, etc. for their children,” the sheriff added.