Police have been to home of Mesa mom charged with child abuse beforePosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. -- The Mesa home where an 11-month-old child was allegedly left strapped in a car seat outside on a day when the temperature was more than 100 degrees is a place police, emergency crews and news cameras have been before.
A child drowned at that home three years ago. Police said the only connection between the two incidents is the location.
Police arrested Victoria Mitchell Sunday evening after a group of people passing by the house spotted the baby girl outside. Firefighters said the child was strapped into her car seat and was wearing only a dirty diaper.
Investigators believe Mitchell's daughter had been outside for more than 30 minutes. Mitchell told police it was not that long. She said it was just a few minutes.
The baby was checked out by medical personnel and is doing just fine. Other than being a little warm, she was not injured.
This is not the first time emergency crews or police have been called to Mitchell's Mesa home.
In August 2007, a 2-year-old drowned in the backyard swimming pool.
According to police, Ethan Foerstner and his sister were being cared for by their father when they disappeared. The father found them outside. The little girl was crying off to the side of the pool. Ethan was in the water. It's not clear how long he had been there, but it could have been as long as 30 minutes.
Investigators say Ethan's father was Mitchell's boyfriend. She was not related to the little boy. Police said Mitchell was not home when Ethan drowned; she was at work.
Police said there does not seem to be any connection between the 2007 drowning and Sunday's incident.
"It appears it's one of those unfortunate coincidences and tragedies," said Detective Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department.
Mitchell is facing a charge of child abuse for allegedly leaving her baby outside in the heat.
According to court documents, she showed "no remorse" about the incident and did not appear to be concerned about her little girl.