A Modesto mom was arrested Thursday after leaving her four children with a friend to take a quick trip to the store that turned into an overnight stay.
The friend called her multiple times but the mom never answered, said Modesto Police Sgt. Kalani Souza. It wasn’t until the friend left a message saying she was calling police that the mom showed up at the friend’s southwest Modesto home around the same time as officers.
The mother left her children, ages 9, 8, 4 and 3, with the friend some time Wednesday, Souza said. The friend eventually called police around 4:45 p.m. Thursday to report that the mother had never returned.
The mother, identified as 24-year-old Elizabeth Bueno Magaña, admitted to officers that she left the children to go use drugs, Souza said.
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Magaña was arrested on suspicion of child abandonment and endangerment. Child Protective Services took custody of the children, Souza said.