Woman arrested after 5-year-old found outside at night

December 17, 2013 

— A Boise woman was arrested Sunday after officers found her crying 5-year-old daughter outside alone in 27-degree weather.

Police were responding to a report of a young child standing alone outside a North 34th Street house just after midnight. Officers discovered the girl, clad only in pajamas, shivering and crying.

The 5-year-old had been outside for more than 15 minutes, police say. The officers knocked on the home’s front door, and discovered it was unlocked.

The officers entered the home to make sure the occupants were OK, police say. Inside, they found Amanda Lynn Thomas, 32, passed out in a bedroom. Another small child was in the room with her. When they woke Thomas up, the officers said, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

Thomas’ speech was slurred and she could not tell police where her children were or who was supposed to be watching them.

Thomas was arrested and charged with two felony counts of injury to a child. The children were placed into protective custody with the Idaho Depaqrtment of Health and Welfare.

The suspect is currently held in the Ada County Jail on a $10,000 bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

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