A 21-year-old Mesa woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old son locked in a closet of her apartment while she was at work is facing child abuse charges.
Corinna Davis was charged with two felony counts of child abuse through a direct complaint filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Davis was arrested on Monday, minutes after a constable arrived to evict her from her unit in the Del Coronado apartment complex at 843 S. Longmore and discovered the boy sleeping on a mattress inside a closet with bruises on his face and hip, according to police.
The constable entered the residence with the help of a maintenance worker about 5 p.m. to inform the occupants they were being evicted. When he looked through the home, he first noticed a chair in front of a bedroom door to prevent anyone from getting out. After removing the chair and going into the bedroom, he looked inside the closet and discovered the boy, police said.
The boy also had a bruised lip, police said.
Davis told police that her boyfriend suggested she just place the boy in the closet and block the door with a chair since he thought he was going to be about 20 minutes before arriving home from work. However, the boyfriend told police he was delayed by traffic.
Davis told police that she had spanked her son earlier that day but said she didn’t know how the boy acquired the other bruises, only saying her son was clumsy and often ran into walls and falls down a lot, according to a Mesa police report.
The boy was taken out of the home and placed in Child Protective Services, according to police.
In a previous investigation in which the boy had bruising to his face, Davis told police that the boy fell on the stairs, according to the police report.
Davis is out on bond and required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
She is scheduled to appear in Maricopa County Superior Court on Feb. 9.