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Judge Denies Requests of Woman Who Kept Foster Children in Cages

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge has denied a request to reduce the probation of a woman who was convicted of child abuse and neglect five years ago.

Sylvia Vasquez pleaded guilty to felony counts of child abuse and neglect in 2007 after it was discovered she had kept several of her four foster children locked in cages in her home, where she ran a day-care center.

Vasquez appeared before Judge Frank Ochoa this week, asking him to terminate her probation, reduce her felony charge to a misdemeanor and expunge her conviction.

She also owes more than $9,000 in restitution, according to Deputy District Attorney Ben Ladinig.

Judge Ochoa denied each request, a decision Ladinig applauded.

“Judge Ochoa takes his sentences very seriously and considers it a contract with the defendant,” he said. “Simply stated, she has yet to fulfill her obligations under her contract with the judge.”

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» on 03.07.13 @ 12:05 AM

Sylvia, sylvia where did you learn that kind of behavior?

» on 03.07.13 @ 01:10 AM

It is unbelievable that this monster is on probation and not locked behind bars like her ‘children’ were.

» on 03.07.13 @ 12:53 PM

Welfare anchor babay raising kids, who OK’D that?

» on 03.07.13 @ 06:15 PM

ATTN: overtaxed. It is not always the illegals..She is not and was not on welfare. She was actually a woman with a nice home, from a good family. Her family was shocked when they found out what she was doing. No one ever saw this…including the parents of the children she baby sat. Her nephew at the time worked for CALM. I also think she should have to live the way the children had to live when in her care. She only stayed in jail 1 year.

» on 03.07.13 @ 06:45 PM

AAmuch more important question: How was this woman approved by Santa Barbara County as a foster parent? Foster children “are Children involved with Child Welfare Services(who) may enter the Foster Care System due to abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or because of an incapacitated caretaker/parent”

How many other kids in Santa Barbara County are living a nightmare? I haven’t read anything about County Social Services’responsibility in these poor kids’ placement.

» on 03.07.13 @ 07:46 PM

Though this article says foster children, they were not. She had adopted these children when they were very young. I don’t know Sylvia but I do know her sister and nephews quite well. I have seen pictures of Sykvia, the children and other family members. The children did look slender in the pictures but that’s about it. They were dressed nicely, smiling. That is why the family were as shocked as the rest of us.

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