Woman arrested after infant found living in deplorable conditions

- A valley woman was arrested after sheriff's deputies found her 2-month-old infant living in deplorable conditions inside her home.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Dakoda Heiser was arrested on Jan. 22, after deputies responded to her home and found the infant strapped to a car seat, inside a bedroom containing drug paraphernalia and an unknown narcotic.

Deputies say Heiser dialed 9-1-1 and began screaming incoherently into the phone. The operator could also hear a crying infant in the background, so deputies were dispatched to the home.

After arriving at the home, Heiser refused to talk to or let the deputies into her house. She tried to block them from getting into the house. She was put into handcuffs once she began to scream and demand to see her son, who was inside the house.

"The deputies found deplorable conditions in the home where this infant was living," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "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 into Pinal County Jail and she is facing drug and child neglect charges.

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