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Slidell mom arrested for child desertion

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:51pm

SLIDELL, LA (FOX8) - A Slidell mother is behind bars after police say she left her two small kids alone at a park.

According to police, 24 year-old Ashley Vitrano was arrested when she left her 4 year-old daughter and 2 year-old son alone for at least 30 minutes.

A witness on scene called police. The mother returned just as officers were arriving.

Vitrano told officers that while the children played she left them at the playground to go smoke a cigarette.

Police say the mother appeared to be impaired on some type of narcotic. The mother also appeared to be confused on how much time had elapsed from the time she said she dropped her children off and the current time.

The two children were turned over to their grandmother. Vitrano was released after posting a $1000 bond.

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