- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say they’ve arrested a 30-year-old Des Moines mother after finding her toddler alone in his home’s backyard sucking on a frozen chicken breast.

Television station KCCI reports (https://bit.ly/2bddTdF ) that officers went to the home Monday and found the 2-year-old boy alone in a filthy diaper. A small dog was also in the backyard, trying to get the chicken from him.

A neighbor told police that the boy was often left home alone and that the dog has bitten the boy before.

Police say the mother first lied when she arrived home and said it was the first time she had left the boy alone. Officers say she later admitted to leaving her son alone on multiple occasions.

She was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and drug possession.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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