The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced Sunday it has filed child abuse charges against parents in three unrelated cases, one of them a Scottsdale woman.
Heather Mangam, 38, was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Phoenix and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a statement from the county attorney's office. She initially told police her children might have been in the car, but they were not found inside.
Scottsdale police were subsequently sent to Mangam's home and found her children, ages 4 years and 7 months, asleep and unattended to in the apartment. She has been charged with two counts of child abuse.
The statement from county attorney spokesman Mike Anthony Scerbo did not include the date of the incident. The complaint against Mangam was filed Aug.19, along with felony charges in two other cases:
The 8-year-old son of Carolyn Bartlett, 40, of Glendale, was found sitting at a bus stop at 9300 W. Glendale Road in Glendale the afternoon of Aug. 14, according to the county attorney's office. He told an adult that his mother had dropped him off and never returned to pick him up. Bartlett called police later that night and said she had forgotten about her son after she had taken medication with liquor and blacked out.
Marcella Jean Gonzales, 31, called police to her Buckeye home Aug. 17 to report her two children missing. Authorities said that after she got a phone call from a friend's family telling her the children were with them, she admitted to kicking the kids out of the house the night before. She told police she had gotten angry and choked her 10-year-old son for leaving a water bottle on a wooden table. His 13-year-old sister tried to intervene and Gonzales threw both out of the house, authorities said.