ST. GEORGE – A 36-year-old St. George woman was arrested Friday for child abuse after her 1-year-old child was found crawling on a second story balcony and in need of medical attention, while the woman lay intoxicated and passed out on a hotel room floor.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to an overdose call at the Rodeway Inn Red Hills hotel located at 999 E. Red Hills Parkway in St. George, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Matthew Sherman in support of the arrest.
The reporting party said they found a baby wandering around the hotel who appeared to be sick and in need of an ambulance, Sherman said in the statement.
“The 1-year-old girl was found by other Rodeway Inn guests, crawling on the second story balcony of the hotel,” Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes confirmed Sunday. “They said she was vomiting and appeared to be sick.”
Upon arriving on scene, officers found the door to a hotel room open with an unresponsive woman lying on the ground just inside the doorway.
“There was a large glass bottle of an alcoholic beverage, almost completely consumed, on the table next to where (the woman) was laying,” Sherman wrote in the statement. “(The woman) was breathing, but not responding to my voice commands.”
Paramedics arrived on scene to check on the woman and the baby.
The paramedics determined that both the baby and the woman were in need of further medical assistance and they were both transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
“While at the hospital,” Sherman said, “the responding Gold Cross paramedics informed me that (the 1-year-old girl) showed signs of hypothermia and dehydration.”
Due to the circumstances of the incident, Sherman said the Division of Child and Family Services was contacted. DCFS representatives arrived at the hospital and took custody of the 1-year-old.
After receiving medical clearance at the hospital, the woman was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
She was charged with a third-degree felony for abuse or neglect of a disabled child, and a class C misdemeanor for intoxication.
“Due to (the woman’s) intoxicated state, (the 1-year-old) left the motel room without supervision. It is unknown at this time how long (the 1-year-old) was wandering on the second story balcony area of the motel. Paramedics said (the 1-year-old) showed signs of hypothermia and dehydration, which constitute ‘serious physical injury.’”
The woman’s bail pending trial stands at $5,220. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
“This was a very hazardous situation for the baby and we were lucky she was found by other guests and she received immediate medical care,” Holmes said. “This could have been worse had it not been for those guests who stepped in to help with the small child and called 911.”
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Ed. Note: The name of the woman has been withheld from the story to protect the identity of the child.
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