PHOENIX — Authorities say two parents arrested for doing drugs with children in the car had been living out of the vehicle for more than a week.
Police say an officer stopped a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Alfredo Paredes in a neighborhood near 32nd Street and Thomas Road after observing it break several traffic laws, including failing to stop at a stop sign.
Paredes did not have any identification with him and when officers searched for his name they learned he was driving on a revoked license and had an active warrant for DUI, according to a probable cause statement. Twenty-four-year-old Karla Millan, the mother of the two children, was in the passenger's seat.
Paredes was arrested on the warrant and officers saw several pieces of aluminum foil with a burnt residue on the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle and in both door pockets.
Police say the children were barefoot in the back seat and not wearing restraints. Officers found several razor blades on the floor of the back seat in addition to more aluminum foil with burnt residue. Police said the children, girls ages five and seven, had flies in their hair and estimated they had not been bathed in at least two weeks.
The children told investigators they had not eaten in more than a day and have family time with their parents after they smoke heroin.
After being taken to the hospital for evaluation, they were found to be dehydrated but no drugs were found in their system.
Paredes and Millan were arrested on child abuse and drug charges.