Mother arrested after child found alone in Phoenix park

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 2:28 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police have arrested a woman whose child was found alone in a Phoenix park on Friday afternoon.

The mother, identified as 36-year-old Fredeana Collins, has been booked on charges of child neglect and a city violation for having alcohol in the park, according to Phoenix police.

Collins was detained by police after showing up at Solano Park while reporters were being briefed on the case.

"Can you tell me what's going on?" Collins asked Sgt. Steve Martos.

It is unknown why her child was left in the park alone. Police say the family's stories aren't adding up.

Collins declined to answer 3TV's questions. She remained silent while being led in handcuffs to a Phoenix police patrol vehicle.

The woman's 2-year-old daughter was found at the park near 17th and Missouri avenues around 2 p.m.

"That's where the little girl was at, crying," said witness Carlos Mejia, pointing to the swing set.

Mejia told 3TV he and others questioned people at the park in an attempt to find her parents.

"Nobody claimed the kid," he said. "Cops held her as long as they could. Maybe somebody would show up and say, 'Hey, that's my kid; I made a mistake,' but nothing came of it."

The child was not injured but remained in the custody of Child Protective Services on Friday night.

"It's very saddening. It's heartbreaking that somebody would just leave their kid at the park alone for whatever reason," Mejia said.

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