- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A newly appointed Denver school board member who pleaded guilty to a minor case of child abuse says she won’t take the job because she doesn’t want to be a distraction.

MiDian Holmes announced her decision Thursday night after explaining how she pleaded guilty to child abuse without injury in 2006 after her toddler got out of their apartment while she was taking a shower. In her statement, she also says she left her three children at home alone while she went to work when she was a single mother a decade ago. One of them called 911 and police responded.

School board president Anne Rowe says that although the board doesn’t condone some of Holmes’ decisions, she noted that Holmes faced some of the same challenges that district families struggle with.

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