A 30-year-old Kuna woman accused of driving while drunk and leaving her three pre-teen kids home alone early Wednesday morning, faces three charges of felony injury to a child.
Tabitha L. See also is charged with a misdemeanor count of DUI and was booked into the Ada County jail without bond, awaiting a Thursday court appearance.
Kuna police declared See’s children, all under the age of 10, to be in imminent danger. The kids were placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Kuna police and Ada County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a report shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday alleging that See left her kids alone in their Linder Avenue apartment while she was under the influence of alcohol.
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A Kuna officer arrived at the apartment minutes later, but no one answered the door the sheriff's office said in a news release. The officer didn't see See’s car nearby, so he parked where he could see the apartment and waited, ACSO reports. He saw See pull up in her car shortly before 3:30 a.m., according to the news release..
The officer approached See and detected a strong odor of alcohol and glassy, bloodshot eyes, according to the news release. See reportedly failed two of three field sobriety tests, then took a breath test that determined her blood alcohol level was 0.133, higher than Idaho's limit for drivers of 0.08.
Officers stayed with See's children until they were placed into state custody. The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each charge.