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Woman arrested after son found begging for money outside Walmart, deputies say

Employees say 11-year-old boy seen begging at various Walmarts

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LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. – A South Florida woman was arrested Monday after her 11-year-old son was found begging for money outside a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, deputies were called to the Walmart at 3001 N. SR 7 in reference to the boy begging for money outside the store while his mother, Becky Guynup, 32, was inside shopping.

An employee at the Walmart told deputies that she had seen the boy at other Walmarts, begging for money.

Authorities said Guynup changed her story multiple times, and then said that she hadn't enrolled her son in school this year.

The child was enrolled last year at Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary.

School officials were contacted and said that the child had bounced around from Riverland Elementary and their school, where he was absent for a total of 47 days, the report said.

Deputies said Guynup and her son both stated that they have been moving from different locations and do not have a steady home at this time.

Guynup was arrested on charges of child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Investigators with the BSO's Child Protective Investigations Section were contacted and took custody of the boy.

The child had previously been removed from Guynup's care, the report said.

 


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