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Police: Phoenix mom arrested after 1-year-old found dead

Posted at 9:54 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 08:36:48-04

Police are investigating after a toddler was found unresponsive in a Phoenix apartment on Tuesday. 

According to court documents, fire crews were called to an apartment complex near 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road around 4 p.m. 

Donielle King, 32, was at the residence with her 1-year-old son who was unresponsive on a mattress in his bedroom, court paperwork said. Fire officials pronounced the child dead at the scene. 

King told officials that she left for work after 6 a.m. and dropped her four other children off at a daycare. She said the victim had sores and was not eligible for daycare, so she left the child at home and said a friend was going to babysit but he or she never showed up. 

She said she arrived home to find the victim unresponsive and administered CPR until emergency crews arrived, court documents said. King's daughter reportedly called 911 for help.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the child had bruises on his ankles and face. The victim's bruises were not consistent with King's story or evidence obtained and she was arrested for child abuse, authorities said. 

King was booked into jail on one charge of felony child abuse. Her other four children are in the custody of the Department of Child Services. 

An investigation remains ongoing.