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September 12, 2012

RPD: Women found passed out in home while children played in road

RICHMOND — Two Richmond women were arrested Sunday after police say they were passed out in an apartment while their four small children played outside in the road.

Malbelna DeJesus, 21, and Rita DeJesus, 29, both of Sara Leigh Drive, were charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Officers were sent to the 400 block of Sara Leigh Drive at 7:26 p.m. after receiving a report about several small children playing near and in the road that were not being supervised by an adult, Brock said in a news release.

When the officers arrived, they found four children, ranging in ages from 21 months to 5 years old, playing in front of a residence, Brock said.

“When officers approached the residence in an attempt to locate the parents of the children, they found the door locked,” Brock said in the release.

Officers reported they could see Malbelna DeJesus through a window, asleep on the couch, but several knocks on the window did not awaken her.

Malbelna DeJesus finally woke up “just prior to officers having to force entry into the apartment,” Brock said.

Officers reported detecting the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Malbelna DeJesus after speaking with her.

Officers also discovered Rita DeJesus asleep on the floor in a bedroom beside a 2 1/2-year-old child, Brock said.

“She was awakened and also exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication,” Brock said.

Three of the children found outside were Malbelna DeJesus’ and one was the child of Rita DeJesus, the release stated. The two women were charged and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

The children were taken into custody by social services, Brock said.

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