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Adventures in Baby-Sitting

North Thornydale Road, Jan. 22, 6:10 p.m.

A young mother who left her toddler in the care of a law-breaking teenager came home to a big mess, said a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

A sheriff's deputy was met at the door by an 18-year-old male who stated that he was watching his friend's 3-year-old daughter while her mother was at work. The girl had "pooped herself," he said, and since the mother preferred that he not watch the girl while she was naked, he had put her in the bathtub in the hopes that she would clean herself while alone. After turning the water on and leaving her unattended for approximately 15 minutes while he listened to loud music in the bedroom, he found that the bathroom and hallway were flooded.

Besides being flooded, the house was cluttered with clothing and boxes, and the bathroom toilet was filled with feces and toilet paper. The daughter was very energetic and talkative, happily declaring that she had indeed defecated on the floor and made a mess in the bathroom. The water "fell out" of the bathtub, she said.

Arriving home, the girl's mother seemed surprised, stating that the young man watched her child frequently and had been doing so nearly since the child's birth. The young man, however, admitted that he wasn't good at baby-sitting.

After freely informing the deputy that he had a criminal warrant, he was arrested.


Splitting Things up Is Hard to Do

North Camino Pico Vista, Jan. 22, 7:14 p.m.

A woman arguing with her soon-to-be ex-husband over property wound up destroying many of the items in question, according to a PCSD report.

En route to the couple's residence, law-enforcement officials were advised that the reportee's intoxicated and heavily medicated wife was throwing things all over the house and making holes in the wall. Upon arrival, however, sheriff's deputies found the house silent and both husband and wife calm.

The husband explained that he and his wife were going through a divorce, and his wife had wanted to discuss how they were going to "split things up." After he told her he did not want to talk about it at the moment, she allegedly started throwing things at the wall and yelling, "If we're going to split things up, I'm going to split them up now!" Apparently, she meant she would literally break their things in half; however, all the items she threw belonged to her husband.

As the wife was being escorted to a patrol vehicle, she attempted to destroy one last item by kicking a flower pot; however, she missed and "fell on her butt." The deputy helped her up and arrested her for domestic violence, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

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