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Mesa woman sentenced for abandoning child

MESA, Ariz. — A Mesa woman accused of child abuse for allegedly leaving
her daughter in a park for four hours while she had sex has been sentenced to 30
days in jail and four years of supervised probation.

Maricopa County court records show Commissioner Margaret Benny sentenced Laurie
Lee Kelly on Tuesday.

In August, prosecutors had said Kelly left the 6-year-old girl in Evergreen
Park with transients. She had bought beer for them and asked them to watch her
daughter while she “went to make money.”

When police arrived at the park, Kelly reportedly was found sitting in a grassy
area with a man.

Prosecutors had said Kelly told police that she had sex with a couple of men
while her daughter was being watched by strangers. She allegedly said she had
“a manic sexual rage” that she couldn’t control.


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