PD: Chandler 10-year-old checks home daily for mom's meth

Posted at 12:17 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 15:22:54-05

A 10-year-old girl reportedly told police recently that every day she checks her home for mom's meth.

Chandler police report that on Saturday a woman, identified as 35-year-old Julie Ann Unrein, came into the police station to report that she had been strangled.

She came into the station with her 10-year-old daughter but the woman passed out on the waiting room couch. 

Police talked with the young girl who reportedly told them that, "she has found syringes in her home before." At one point, Unrein allegedly showed the girl, "what a syringe is used for." 

The girl told police that Unrein hallucinates and hears voices when she does meth, as she did earlier that day. The girl also allegedly reported that "she checks her mother's area every day for drugs to make sure she is not using again." 

After several hours, Unrein woke up and allegedly admitted to police that she had an unknown man over to her home and used meth in front of her daughter. She also reportedly admitted that he abused her and her daughter. 

Unrein, who reportedly called herself "an unfit mother," was arrested for child abuse.

If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker.

You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.