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Police: Phoenix Mother Left Children Home Alone to Go Drink

A Phoenix mother who has had previous run-ins with the law due to problems with alcohol was arrested on Saturday for leaving her children home alone so she could go out and drink, reports The Arizona Republic.

Thirty-three-year-old Angie Masuda was arrested on suspicion of three felony counts of child abuse. A neighbor had reported Masuda who reportedly said she was going out drinking. Her three children - ages 5, 6, and 8 - were found home alone by responding police, according to The Republic.

Masuda was allegedly gone for more than an hour and was arrested when she arrived. Police say Masuda admitted to going to a friend's house to drink.

Neighbors say this isn't the first time Masuda has left her children home alone, and it's also reportedly not the first time Masuda has gotten in trouble with the law because of her drinking problem.

Masuda was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while her children were in the car in 2009, according to The Republic. She was placed on unsupervised probation for two years for her conviction on the charge.

Under Arizona state law, an adult who is convicted of a "dangerous crime against children," including child abuse, could be sentenced to a maximum of 24 years in prison. Physical abuse, abandonment and neglect are all considered forms of child abuse.

Parents charged and/or convicted of the crime can also face losing custody of their children. Masuda's three children are currently in the custody of Child Protective Services.

A Phoenix family law attorney can provide more information about the legal proceedings concerning child custody if you, too, are at risk of losing your parental rights over your children.

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