Mom who left child with strangers at Mesa park gets 30 days in jail

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PHOENIX -- A woman who was arrested after leaving her daughter with homeless strangers at a Mesa park was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail.

A judge also sentenced Laurie Lee Kelly, 43, to four years of supervised probation with domestic violence terms.

The strangers spent hours playing with the 6-year-old girl in Evergreen Park at Country Club Drive and Fifth Street while her mother sold her body outside a nearby liquor store in late August, according to police.

Police said Kelly gave the transients beer to watch her child.

She told police that she left her daughter at the park in order to fulfill a manic need inside her, which she described as sexual rage.

Kelly was a teacher's assistant in the Mesa Public School District at the time of her arrest.

She pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in October.