Albuquerque, NM – When Michelle Charley failed to show up at school to collect her daughter and nephews Tuesday afternoon, school officials called the safe house where Charley and the children had been staying. Staffers at the safe house were able to reach Charley, but she told them she was too drunk to go anywhere. Knowing the woman had a 6-month-old son, social workers paid a visit to the woman’s apartment to check on the infant. When they couldn’t make contact with her, the police were called. When Officers Joey Tosta and Nick Wheeler arrived at the apartment, they found Charley in the bedroom, highly intoxicated, with a man she had met at a gas station earlier that day. Her infant was reportedly laying on the bed, covered from head to toe in flaky, crusty dried shit. According to authorities, shit had leaked out of the child’s diaper. He had it on his back and stomach, up and down his legs, and in the folds of his neck. The poor kid even had shit on the inside and outside of his eyelids. It also appeared as if he had been gagged with a soiled diaper wipe. Tosta and Wheeler took a couple of cell phone pics as evidence before running a bath for the baby boy. Charley was arrested and charged with one count of child abuse. Bond was set at $15,000. And this isn’t the first time Charley has been drunk and negligent.

Back in ’07, her then 2-year-old daughter was found sitting in front of a police station after she had wandered away from home. Charley admitted she’d been drinking when her daughter disappeared. She was convicted of child abuse and her daughter was taken away, but was eventually returned. She was still on probation for that incident when she was arrested for this one. Police also say she has custody of a niece and nephew – all four children were removed from the home and placed in state custody for the time being. Because Charley is Native American, it will be up to the tribe to decide whether she will regain custody of her kids. Charley, 31, has a criminal background that includes four misdemeanor and two felony convictions.

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