Police have arrested 28-year-old Alicia Carroll after they say she left her 7-year-old daughter in a dumpster overnight.
Carroll began to run, telling her daughter that the police where after them, and instructed her daughter to climb in a nearby dumpster.
The girl fell asleep inside the dumpster while waiting for her mother to come get her, and woke up 10 hours later. As she began walking back towards the spa, Carroll was calling police to report her child was missing.
Carroll told police that she had drinks at the spa and left her daughter with a friend to “clear her head” and that the refused to return her child. The friend contradicted Carroll’s statements, telling police that she witnessed Carroll leaving the spa with her daughter and that Carroll was “highly intoxicated.”
Police began searching for the child and were alerted by some people at the spa who had located Carroll’s daughter. Police say the girl was was filthy, hungry, and had scrapes and cuts on her arms and legs.
When Carroll was informed that her daughter had been found, and that she said she had been left in a dumpster, Carroll conveniently changed her story. She told officers that after leaving the spa with her daughter, she drank two glasses of vodka in the parking lot. She said she doesn’t remember anything after that.
The girl was taken the hospital for examination and then released to a family member. The case has been referred to Child Protective Services. Carroll was arrested and charged with abandoning and endangering a child. She’s currently in the Dallas County jail on a $25,000 bond.