Mom Left Girl, 7, in Dumpster Outside Spa Overnight: Cops

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By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2015 11:28 AM CDT
Mom Left Girl, 7, in Dumpster Outside Spa Overnight: Cops
Alicia Carroll, charged with leaving her 7-year-old daughter to sleep overnight in a dumpster outside a spa in Dallas.   (Dallas County Jail)

A mother has been charged with abandoning and endangering a child after police say she left her 7-year-old daughter in a dumpster overnight outside a spa in Dallas. Spa workers say they kicked Alicia Carroll out about 10pm Saturday after they discovered her group had been drinking inside. An affidavit says Carroll left with her daughter, then began to run, telling the child that police were after them; both hid in the dumpster and the girl fell asleep. Carroll climbed out and was returned to the spa by police who found her in the parking lot, reports the Dallas Morning News. The next morning, the girl "wakes up and her mother is gone and she's in a dumpster," a police rep says after she was found crying, bearing scrapes and cuts. "I think we're all kind of shocked."

Meanwhile, Carroll called 911 Sunday morning and reported that she had left her daughter with another person who now was refusing to return her. When confronted with her daughter, Carroll told officers that she had left the spa and consumed two glasses of vodka in the parking lot. She told police she then began to walk with her daughter but could remember nothing more. "You can imagine the level of intoxication you have to be to crawl into a dumpster thinking the police are after you, when police would probably make sure you got home ... safely," says the police rep. The girl was examined at a hospital and released to a family member. Bond for the 28-year-old Carroll was set at $25,000. Carroll works for a day care facility, notes the Morning News. (More weird crimes stories.)

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