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2-year-old boy found wearing a dirty diaper; mother arrested

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Jessica Martinez talked to FOX 10 exclusively about leaving her son home alone. Jessica Martinez talked to FOX 10 exclusively about leaving her son home alone.

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- A Mesa mother was arrested after police say she left her young son home alone while she went to Walmart.

The 2-year-old child was found Friday night wearing only a dirty diaper -- outside in the cold.

21-year-old Jessica Martinez seemed to be smiling in her mug shot after she was arrested for leaving her son home alone in her Mesa apartment while she ran an errand around 11 p.m.

But she was all tears on Monday when she explained to us what happened.

"I had him in my room sleeping and like, he's usually a heavy sleeper, so I like, I thought he would stay asleep the whole time I was gone."

Martinez says she drove to the Walmart at Mesa Riverview where the boy's father works about four miles from the apartment to drop off a cell phone and debit card -- only planning on being gone for a few minutes when she ran into car trouble.

"I was trying to like, fix it.. get it started.. and that's when I got a call from police officers, saying that they were at my apartment and asking where I was and stuff."

A neighbor called police after seeing the 2-year-old out on the balcony in only a diaper past midnight, with temperatures around 40°, saying he was dirty.

Martinez is now facing a charge of felony child abuse.

"I just don't think it's fair that I'm being associated with people that are bad to their kids, that don't take care of them or hurt them.. I'll never do that to him," she said.

Martinez says if she could do it all over again, "I'd just stay home."

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