Mesa mom arrested after toddler found locked in closet

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Corinna May Davis was arrested for child abuse By Jennifer Thomas Corinna May Davis was arrested for child abuse By Jennifer Thomas

MESA -- Mesa police officers arrested a woman after she reportedly locked her son in a closet and went to work.

According to the Mesa Police Department, a court constable was serving an eviction notice at an apartment complex near Southern Avenue and Longmore at 5 p.m. Monday.

When no one answered the door, the constable entered the apartment to lock out the residents. As he checked for occupants, he noticed a chair against the bedroom door preventing the door from being opened from the inside.

Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing said the constable entered the bedroom and found a 2-year-old boy sleeping on a mattress in the closet.

Wessing said police officers arrived and noticed that the toddler had bruises on his face, ears and hip. He also had a chipped tooth and a bruised lip.

The child was transported to a local hospital for follow-up care. Wessing said his injuries were not serious or life-threatening.

The boy is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., a man arrived at the apartment and said he was there to take care of his girlfriend's son.

He told the officers that his girlfriend, Corinna May Davis, went to work at 4:30 p.m. and left the child locked in the closet. He said that he was stuck in traffic and it took him longer to get there than he thought it would.

Wessing said Davis, 21, admitted to leaving her son in the closet without adult supervision and going to work. She said that her boyfriend told her he would be home in 20 minutes.

Davis reportedly also admitted to spanking her son with her hand and causing the bruises on his hip. Wessing said she denied any other abuse.

Davis faces two felony counts of child abuse.