On the list of people not to leave your 2-month-old with, a heroin addict ranks high.
Sarah Exley of Gendale deemed otherwise, police say, and left her daughter in the care of a drug buddy while she went to "get money" from someone else.
On Monday at about 11:15 p.m. Exley was questioned by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies near a Circle K in the 1600 block of West Baseline Road. They asked the 19-year-old if she knew the whereabouts of her 2-month-old daughter.
With bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and the smell of booze on her breath, explained how she'd met a guy named Omar a week ago at a bus station, and that she couldn't remember his last name.
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Her infant was with Omar, she told police, sleeping the back of her car in the Circle K parking lot.
The deputies found Omar Villalba sitting in the driver's seat of Exley's car surrounded by open containers of alcohol, a marijuana cigarette, and a used syringe. He reportedly told the deputies that Exley had left to "get money" from an unknown man, court records state.
Exley admitted she knew that Villalba had used heroin earlier that day. The two had been drinking vodka before taking a joyride with her little girl in the backseat -- she claimed to "know it was a bad idea."
After blowing a .078 BAC, Exley was cuffed and arrested on suspicion of child abuse, criminal negligence, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container in a passenger compartment, and being under 21 with alcohol in her bloodstream.