UPDATE: Dad who left kids home alone gets one year in prison

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Carlton Anderson was sentenced to one year in prison and 10 years of probation on Tuesday for leaving his four young children home alone in June.

Anderson pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse.

UPDATE 6/24:

The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

PHOENIX -- County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Carlton Don Anderson (DOB 5/18/80) has been indicted for allegedly leaving his four young children unattended in the family's Phoenix apartment while he stayed out all night.

Anderson was sentenced

On June 20th, 2008 a Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted Anderson on four counts of Child Abuse, class four felonies.

UPDATE 6/13:

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police detectives made contact with the children's mother on Friday.

Based on the information provided by her and others, police say she will not be facing any charges. The father took full responsibility for his actions and claimed that the mother did not know that he was going to leave the children unattended.

The children remain with Child Protective Services and they will determine where the children will be placed other than with the parents.

The father, Carlton Anderson, made his initial appearance in court Thursday evening.

Court papers indicate he admitted to leaving the house around 8 p.m. on Wednesday to pick his wife up from a bar. When she refused to leave he then met a friend and began drinking with them until the early morning hours.

The wife has still not been located by police.

Neighbors say Anderson asked their 7-year-old daughter to baby-sit. The girl's mother said no.

ORIGINAL 6/12: PHOENIX - Police responded to an apartment complex near the I-17 and Glendale where two kids were found walking near the freeway just before 6 a.m. on Thursday. Two more kids were located in a nearby apartment complex, all under the age of four. Police say the victims include a 1-year-old, two 3-year-olds and a 4-year-old.

The father of the four boys, identified as 28-year-old Carlton Anderson, returned home a little after 8 a.m. and was arrested by Phoenix Police.

According to Phoenix Police a good Samaritan was driving on the I-17 frontage road near Glendale Avenue when they noticed two kids, a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, walking around with no parents.The good Samaritan pulled over and called 911. The good Samaritan stayed with the children until police arrived.

Police then found two more children inside a nearby apartment in the Las Ventanas Complex.

Detective Reuben Gonzales said conditions inside the children's apartment were shocking. There was broken glass and trash all around, plus it appeared as if the children's diapers had not been changed recently. He also said that it appeared the kids were eating food from the trash.

The kids are now in CPS custody. The 24-year-old mother of the kids is still outstanding. Anderson was booked into MCSO jail and faces four counts on child abuse.