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Mich. woman charged with leaving child, 4, alone

Associated Press Modified: March 2, 2012 at 10:15 am •  Published: March 2, 2012

MORTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Mecosta County woman accused of leaving her 4-year-old son alone for two days while she was on a drinking binge has been charged with child abuse.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports county Prosecutor Peter Jaklevic has authorized a fourth-degree child abuse charge against the 41-year-old woman. WZZM-TV says she was arrested on Wednesday at her Morton Township home.

The Associated Press isn't naming the woman to avoid identifying the boy.

State police investigators say the woman was likely drunk for 48 hours. They say when police went into the home, they found food scraps, spoiled food and garbage on the floor.

Authorities say her son ate scraps of food from the floor and in other areas within his reach.

He has been placed in foster care.