Phoenix mom accused of child abuse after baby son was found dead

PHOENIX (KSAZ/AP) - A Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse after her baby son was left alone in an apartment for up to eight hours and found dead.

According to court documents, firefighters responded to a home near 17th Avenue and Hatcher Road just after 4 p.m. on July 17. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the boy unresponsive on the bedroom floor. About 30 minutes later, the child was declared dead at the scene.

Police were called to the scene after firefighters found several bruises on the boy. The boy's mother, Donielle Joyce King, was then taken to police headquarters after her statements were not consistent with the child's injuries.

King told police she left her son home alone when she went to work just after 6 a.m. King said she dropped off her four other children at a daycare, but her 1-year-old son could not go because he had open sores.

King also said her friend was going to babysit, but she did not show up. King says when she returned home from work, she found her son unresponsive on a mattress and performed CPR until firefighters arrived.

King faces one charge of child abuse and is being held on a $50,000 bond. A judge stated on Thursday that King is not to see any of the children if she gets out of jail, nor can she talk to them on the phone.

"At this point, the court believes that if you are a threat to a one-year-old, you may as well pose a significant, if not greater threat to older children," said a judge, during King's initial appearance.

Meanwhile, neighbors are left nearly speechless.

"That's devastating," said one woman, who did not want her face shown on camera. "I heard there was bruises on the baby, and that sounds fishy, you know."

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