Rural Cavalier woman faces child neglect charge


A rural Cavalier woman is facing a Class C felony charge of child neglect, following an incident in her rural Cavalier home in June.

According to court documents, on June 17, Susan Jean Svenson failed to provide proper care or control of Jane Doe, a two-year-old child, while the child was in Svenson's care.

Documents go on to say Svenson was providing daycare for the child, when the child was located alone, approximately two-tenths of a mile from Svenson's home by another person who was passing by the area.

Documents state 50 minute had passed by from the time the first call was received by the Pembina County Sheriff's Office, from a truck driver reporting the child was walking alone, and the time Sheriff Terry Meidinger located Svenson and notified her that the child was found crying and walking alone on the bike path.

The Class C felony charge is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and/or a ten thousand dollar fine.

Pembina County Social Services Director Jill Denault tells WZFG News that Svenson is neither a licensed or registered child care provider.