ELYRIA — The case against Wilmary Saez, the child-care worker accused of helping a teen run away from a girls’ residential treatment facility, was dismissed Wednesday due to a lack of evidence.
Saez, 30, was charged with interference with custody, dereliction of duty and obstructing official business after it was reported that she helped a 14-year-old girl run out the front door of Pathways on April 7.
Saez worked as a relief employee at the facility until she was fired for failing to report that she had been charged with the crimes, as required by law.
The girl, who had been sent to Pathways for chronic truancy, was found and taken back to the facility later that month. She told police that Saez picked her up at an Elyria gas station and took her to her Lorain home, letting her stay the night in her daughter’s room.
She said Saez asked her to babysit her daughter during that time and also dropped her off at school.
Elyria Prosecutor Scott Strait said the case against Saez was dismissed after three witnesses came forward and testified they were with Saez during the time the teen said she was with Saez. Strait said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the case against Saez beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Given (the teen’s) situation, she had some credibility issues,” he said. “That’s not to say I personally don’t believe one person or the other.”
Strait said additional charges through juvenile court against Saez also were dismissed.