PHOENIX — Deputies in Phoenix reportedly found a toddler wandering in the street after the child's mother left the boy and his 5-year-old sibling home alone.
Phoenix police report that on December 30, about 10:30 p.m., they were called by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies who had found a 1- to 2-year-old child running in the road near 26th and Roosevelt streets.
Officers knocked on the doors of a nearby apartment complex until one person recognized the child and pointed the officers to his home.
Police say the screen door was open at the home and they found a 5-year-old child sleeping. There was no adult in the house at the time. Police contacted the mother, 30-year-old Ivon Cordova, who then returned home.
Cordova allegedly told police that she went to a friend's home about four miles away to get some medicine. She estimated that she was gone about an hour before getting the call from the officers.
Cordova reportedly admitted to leaving the children home alone, saying she didn't want to wake them.
She has been charged with two counts of child abuse.