Drug Addict Mom Locked 3-Year-Old Daughter In Closet So She Could Go Shoplifting

Police say an Arizona woman left her toddler home alone for 11 hours so she could go steal to support her drug habit. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

When they start handing out Mother Of The Year Awards, Paige Nicole Adams’ name will be nowhere on the list. The 24-year-old was high on heroin September 29th, when she left her 3-year-old daughter home alone so she could on a shoplifting spree, for which she was then arrested.  Now she’s also facing child abuse charges, after Phoenix, Arizona police discovered the child locked inside a closet, where she may have been for up to 11 hours.

After being arrested for stealing, Adams told police her child was with a friend. However, Paige’s mother said she believed the child had been left unattended at her apartment. When cops arrived they found the child, who was crying and wearing a dirty diaper, barricaded inside the bedroom closet.  They estimate the child was there for approximately 11 hours. They also found multiple syringes in the apartment.

Adams reportedly told the cops she "didn't think she'd be gone that long." She has been released but is currently facing one felony count of child abuse, two felony counts of drug possession and one misdemeanor charge of shoplifting.


AZ Central

Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

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