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Infant found in filthy home, mother arrested

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 13:45:08-05
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A San Tan Valley woman has been arrested and charged on drug and child neglect charges.
 
Mark Clark, Public Information Officer with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says that on Jan. 22, they received a call from a woman screaming incoherently into the phone.  The operator could also hear an infant crying in the background.
 
Deputies were dispatched to 2558 E. Meadow Land Drive, San Tan Valley, to check the welfare of the woman and infant.
 
Dakoda Heiser, 21, met deputies at the door to the residence and refused to talk to the deputies or let them check on the welfare of the infant heard crying on the call.
 
Heiser attempted to close the door so deputies could not get in the home, said Clark.  She was screaming and refusing to cooperate as deputies prevented her from closing the door.
 
Deputies were forced to restrain the woman in handcuffs because she was banging her head against the wall and refused to stop screaming. She also made suicidal threats.
 
Deputies entered the home and found a two-month-old infant boy strapped in a car seat on a bed in the master bedroom. 
 
Clark said that in the same bedroom, they also found a water bong, a clear glass pipe and a small quantity of an unknown narcotic drug.
 
Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “The deputies found deplorable conditions in the home where this infant was living. There were dog feces, empty alcohol containers, and evidence of drug use in the presence of the infant. We notified the Department of Child Services who were able to place the infant with a responsible family member."
 
Heiser was booked in to the Pinal County Jail on drug and child neglect charges.