Mom Arrested after 3-year-old Tells Texas Cop, "I need a beer"

LUBBOCK, TX (CBS NEWS)- A Texas woman was arrested Saturday for abandonment of a child, after a 3-year-old girl allegedly told police that she was hungry multiple times, and at one point said, "I need a beer," reports CBS affiliate KOSA.

Police were called to Shauna Lee Bennett's home on a report that her 3-year-old daughter had been left alone. They said the girl was dirty and covered in red bumps.

Officers knocked on the door but no one answered. So, officers went inside.

"As soon as I entered I was overwhelmed by the filthy state of the apartment," an officer wrote in a police report.

"There were piles of dirty and moldy dishes on the counter, stove, and sink," the police report said. "There was trash on the floor and counter. There were cockroaches absolutely everywhere. The kitchen was in no way sanitary or functional."

The girl repeatedly told officers, "I'm hungry," and said, "I need a beer," according to the report.

"I had probable cause to believe that [the little girl] had not been fed, washed, or provided with any type of general medical care or treatment for an unsafe amount of time," the officer wrote.

The child was placed with Children's Protective Services and Bennett was held Monday morning in the Lubbock County Detention Center in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

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