County police arrested a Brooklyn Park woman Tuesday on child neglect charges after an officer said she found the woman sprawled on her bathroom floor with a whiskey bottle in her hand. Police said she had left four children alone for more than 10 hours.
Two of the woman's sons, 12 and 9, called police from a convenience store near their home in the 4000 block of Belle Grove Road because their parents were fighting, police said.
Officer Keith J. Light met the boys at the 7-Eleven at Ritchie Highway and Belle Grove Road shortly after 8:30 p.m. and returned with them to the house.
The boys said their mother left the house about 10 a.m. and did not return until 8:30 p.m., police said.
When police arrived at the house, Louis E. Fischbach, who also lives there, said he was arguing with the woman because she left his 22-month-old son, a 6-year-old girl and the boys home alone, police said.
The man told police he got home at 8 p.m. and the woman arrived, stumbling, 30 minutes later. Officer Mary Kohlepp found the woman lying on the bathroom floor with a half-pint of whiskey. She had trouble speaking and smelled strongly of alcohol, police said.
Police arrested Sandra Lee Laughery, 29, and charged her with child neglect. She was released to await trial.