- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say a woman was arrested after telling her 7-year-old daughter to hide in a trash bin outside a spa and then leaving her. The girl was found nearby 10 hours later after she spent the night in the dumpster.

Alicia Carroll of Garland was being held in the Dallas County jail Monday on charges of abandoning and endangering a child. Bond for the 28-year-old woman was set at $25,000. A message left with her attorney was not returned.

A Dallas police statement says Carroll had left a spa in northwest Dallas with her daughter about 10 p.m. Saturday. An arrest warrant affidavit says Carroll began to run, told her daughter the police were after them and to hide in the garbage bin. The girl fell asleep in the bin waiting for her mother to return but awakened, climbed out and walked back to the spa Sunday morning. There, officers found her hungry, thirsty, and with scrapes and cuts on her arms and legs.

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 drank two glasses of vodka in the parking lot. She then began to walk with her daughter but could remember nothing more until the next morning.

The girl was taken to a hospital for an examination and released to a family member. The case has been referred to Child Protective Services.

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