ANTHEM, AZ - The mother of a 2-year-old girl found wandering around a neighborhood Tuesday in Anthem has been released from jail, and authorities say this wasn't her first run-in with Child Protective Services.
Nichole Hockett, 22, will be monitored with an ankle bracelet while she is out on bond. The court will also use drug and alcohol monitoring.
Hockett will not be allowed to have any contact with her daughter unless CPS, who has custody of the child, approves it.
Hockett said she doesn’t want her daughter to go to foster care, and would rather have her parents adopt her.
MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez says Hockett was held on suspicion of child abuse and endangerment.
Enriquez said police received a 911 call about a child being in the middle of the road around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Morse Court area.
The child was found in "good condition", wearing a blue shirt, no shoes, and had a wet diaper, said MCSO.
A worker from Tutor Time recognized the child from television reports and contacted authorities, according to MCSO.
Police were able to contact Hockett, shortly after 7 a.m Tuesday. Hockett reportedly told authorities she was at a friend's house about 100 yards away from where the child was located.
During their investigation, deputies discovered Hockett had previous involvement with CPS.
“This suspect’s past history with CPS, combined with what happened in the early morning hours today, clearly shows that she is an unfit mother,” said Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "The child is better off being cared for by someone else until her problems are dealt with by a court of law.”
Hockett was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail after being arrested.
She told a judge she is meeting with CPS at 11 a.m. Wednesday to discuss her case.
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