Midvale police have arrested a 27-year-old mother whom they said left three of her children home alone while she went out drinking.
Police were called to a home Sunday night after a 7-year-old girl showed up at a neighbor's house, asking for help dealing with her 3-week-old brother.
"The neighbor asked where mom was, she said she didn't know," Midvale Police Sgt. John Salazar said Tuesday.
Police said the mother, identified as Tiha Capri Lefevre, was at a friend's house drinking with her husband. She had also taken her 4-year-old boy with her, police said.
"Her husband asked where the kids were and she said they were at a baby-sitter's," Salazar said.
Officers responded with state child welfare workers to take custody of the 7-year-old girl, the 5-year-old girl and the 3-week-old boy.
"The kids were dirty, hungry and unkempt looking," Salzar said. "They had last eaten in the morning and it was 9:30 at night."
The parents soon came walking down the street. Under questioning, officers said the woman admitted to leaving the children and telling her husband a lie. She also said that her baby had come home from the hospital recently after being sick.
"She said she just wanted to get away and have some fun," Salazar said. "She said that when she drinks, she 'don't (expletive) care about things.'"
Lefevre was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on three counts of child endangerment and three counts of child neglect, both class A misdemeanors. She remains in jail with bail set at more than $10,000.The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office is expected to screen the case soon for possible charges. The children are in state protective custody, police said.