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Woman who left toddlers alone pleads guilty

Posted on: September 24, 2009

Woman who left toddlers alone pleads guilty

Gary Grado, Tribune

September 17, 2009 – 8:41AM , updated: September 17, 2009 – 8:59AM

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Samantha Abernathy

A Mesa woman who left her two small children alone in the middle of the night has pleaded guilty to child abuse.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Samantha Abernathy will be on probation for 16 years and spend up to a year in Maricopa County Jail if the court chooses probation. The court could also send her to state prison for up to 18 months, according to state sentencing laws.

Abernathy pleaded guilty Friday.

According to Mesa police, a neighbor in an apartment complex at University Drive and Gilbert Road called police when Abernathy’s two boys, ages 1 and 3, were wandering around at 7:40 a.m. on June 14.

Abernathy told police she left the boys at 2 a.m. to go across town to visit her boyfriend.

Police found the apartment in filthy condition and the boys hungry. One of the children reached for dog food as police were investigating.

investigating.

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