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Story Last modified at 6:06 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Police cite mother who calls in sick child

Anchorage police said they cited and released a 49-year-old woman for child neglect the morning of May 9 after they were called to an address on Coronado Road by Eagle River Elementary staff. The woman called the school to say her elementary-age daughter was sick but sounded impaired on the phone: She couldn't hold her train of thought and couldn't understand questions, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Officers who contacted the woman estimated her breath-alcohol levels at more than twice the legal limit, Shell said. The state Office of Children's Services responded to the address and took the child, she said.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

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