Police: Phoenix mom leaves 3-year-old in closet while she was in jail

Posted at 12:46 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 19:52:21-04

A Phoenix mom reportedly left her 3-year-old in a closet while she was in jail.

Court records show that Paige Nicole Adam, 24, left her toddler in a closet on Sept. 29 before going shopping. 

While out, Adams was arrested and charged with shoplifting, police said.

The toddler's grandmother contacted police later that evening and told them she believed the child was home alone. However, Adams told officers that she left the child with a friend.

When police arrived at the apartment near 14th Street and Bell Road, they found the child barricaded in a closet inside a bedroom.

Police say the child was in a dirty diaper and crying when they arrived. They estimate the toddler was left alone for about 11 hours.

Adams reportedly admitted to police that she was high on heroin at the time she left the child and, "didn't think she'd be gone that long."

Police say they also found multiple syringes in the apartment outside the bedroom. 

Records show that Adams has been released from jail and has been charged with child abuse.