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Police: Mother out socializing leaves kids home alone
By: Jamel Valencia
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - When police showed up at a Las Cruces home they found out a 1- and 3-year-old had been outside wandering around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Their mother, Kandy Marmolejo, 25 of Las Cruces, was allegedly out having a drink at her friend's house, said police.
The kids were found by neighbors when they spotted them outside their apartment on the 2200 block of Sambrano Avenue asking where their mother was, said police investigators.
The 1-year-old was crawling around the parking lot, according to police.
Police said they believe Marmolejo left her children unattended up to four hours.
Neighbors that found the kids outside said they called Marmolejo, asking her to return home but she said she would in an hour.
When Marmolejo arrived, neighbors refused to hand over the kids and instead called police, said a police official. Marmolejo didn't argue and went to her apartment before police arrived.
The children were not harmed, but were taken to the state's Youth and Families Department.
Marmolejo was booked into the Dona Ana Detention Center with a $20,000.