Mom who allegedly left baby to go party charged with child abuse

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Valley mother is facing child-abuse charges after her baby girl was found wandering alone while she was out drinking and having sex.

The 1-year-old girl was found wandering in the street in the area of 32nd Street and Mountain View Road (south of State Route 51) shortly before 2:30 a.m. Monday. Barefoot and wearing only a nightgown, the child apparently had found her way out of an unlocked door. The temperature at the time was about 46 degrees.

It's not clear how long the little girl had been out in the cold, but her mother, Lyronda Tsosie, told police she went out just after midnight, leaving her daughter with an adult who was already asleep in the apartment. 

According to court paperwork, the apartment where she left her little daughter is not hers. She actually lives about 15 minutes away.

When Tsosie returned hours later to the neighborhood where her little girl was found, she discovered police had been looking for her. The arresting officer described her as "extremely intoxicated."

Court paperwork said a preliminary breath test on Tsosie registered 0.27, which is more than three times the 0.08 that is the legal definition of impaired.

Investigators said Tsosie admitted she had been drinking before she went out.

According to the probable cause statement, Tsosie, "knowingly left her daughter with an adult and admitted she wanted to go drinking more and to go fornicate with and [sic] unknown male subject."

There was no indication that she tried to wake the adult before leaving the apartment.

Commissioner Maria Brandon set a secured appearance bond of $5,000 for Tsosie and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 9.

As a condition of her release, Tsosie cannot have any contact with her baby daughter or any other child.