Phoenix, AZ – An Arizona mother of five has been charged with child abuse after she took her 6-year-old daughter to a McDonald’s for ice cream, and then abandoned her there.
Police say 23-year-old Lucy Parra took her daughter, Everlyn, to a Mcdonald’s Wednesday evening so the girl could go in and purchase an ice cream. When the girl returned to the parking lot, she could not find her mother and her mother’s car was nowhere to be found.
McDonald’s employees say the girl was visibly upset over having been abandoned and that they ended up calling police after 15 minutes of searching for Parra. While waiting for police, McDonald’s employees said they fed the girl in the office and tried comforting her. “She was really hungry. She said she had not ate all day since school lunch,” the employee said.
Officers were still on the scene when Parra came back to the restaurant 40 minutes later. Employees say she appeared intoxicated, claiming she never left the parking lot. The employee says that’s bullshit, as there were only four cars in the lot when they were out looking for her.
Parra was arrested and charged with child abuse. A judge has since placed Parra under house arrest and ordered her to wear a monitoring device after she threatened to take her children and flee to Mexico. Her family says she has been struggling with meth addiction.
Here’s the kicker. Hours earlier, Parra was released from Tent City after serving a week for driving on a suspended license. She wasn’t even supposed to have contact with her daughter after losing custody of her children. Two of her children live with their fathers, while her mother is the legal guardian of two others, including Everlyn. They are now in the custody of Protective Services.