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Parents of child left home alone for weeks plead guilty

Arizona deputies found the child living alone
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Posted at 10:32 PM, Apr 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-26 22:32:09-04

An Arizona couple accused of leaving their child home alone shortly after Christmas have both pleaded guilty.

Court documents reveal that Melissa Louise Green and her husband Bobby Jo Green plead guilty to one count of Domestic/Child Abuse.

Arizona deputies were called to the family's home for a welfare check on Dec. 12, 2021. They found an 11-year-old child home alone.

Investigators say they learned the mother Melissa Louise Green left the home shortly before Thanksgiving to go out of state. The child's father, Bobby Jo Green, left shortly afterward.

Authorities were told that the child ate frozen food and had skipped school for two weeks.

Both pleaded guilty last month.

They are facing probation and fines and must comply with Department of Child Safety directives moving ward.

Their sentencing is scheduled on Friday, April 29 in the Cochise County Superior Court.

This story was originally published by Martha Serda of KGUN in Tucson, Arizona.