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Drunk Woman Found Wandering with 2 Toddlers in Glendale

A woman was arrested on Friday after Glendale police found her allegedly wandering around drunk with two toddlers in her care, The Arizona Republic reports.

Rosa Linda Fernandez Mendoza, 27, told police that she was just hung over and trying to make it over to her mom's house. She was arrested on suspicion of child neglect, disorderly conduct, and false reporting.

Police spotted Mendoza walking near Maryland Avenue in Glendale with two small girls, ages 2 and 3. The children's clothes were "very dirty" and smelled bad, police said.

Rosa Linda Fernandez Mendoza was apparently walking up to houses and asking for something, but police didn't specify what Mendoza was searching for. When questioned, Mendoza gave officers a fake name then began to yell nonsensical things, according to authorities.

Mendoza insisted she had only consumed two beers. She then started cursing and asked to use the phone, police said.

Mendoza was arrested and charged with several crimes, including child neglect. Under Arizona's criminal code, any parent or guardian who neglects a child to the point that the child's health or safety is endangered can be charged with neglect in the state. It's a class 1 felony in Arizona.

Since Mendoza was allegedly too drunk to supervise the children and, judging from their appearances, the girls hadn't been getting the attention they needed, prosecutors probably have a good case for neglect here. If convicted of neglect, Mendoza could face a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to six months in jail.

According to authorities, Rosa Linda Fernandez Mendoza refused to give police information to find care for the two girls. No word yet on whether the girls have been placed with Child Protective Services.

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