Girl left alone after mother's DWI arrest

The father of a 10-year-old Conway girl contacted police on Saturday after his daughter called him to say she had neither seen nor heard from her mother since 8 p.m. Friday night.

According to a police report, officers arrived at the girl’s residence at Hogan Lane around 5:30 p.m. and found the girl “fine, physically,” but very upset and worried about her mother.

The girl told police she last had contact with her mother on Friday night prior to her mother going out with a friend and that her mother had reportedly told the girl they were going to leave Conway on Saturday to move in with her grandmother in Louisiana.

The girl said she attempted to contact her mother and the friend multiple times, but never got an answer, so she called her father in Crossett and told him she couldn’t get in touch with her mother.

Police checked Faulkner and Pulaski County jails and local hospitals but still did not locate the woman.

With the father en route to Conway, the woman reportedly showed up at the residence and told police she was on her way home when she was stopped by Plumerville police for speeding and was arrested for DWI.

The girl was placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services and allowed to say goodbye to her mother before being released to her father.

Police filed a report with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children hotline and the woman was transported to Faulkner County jail, where she was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1277 or by e-mail at To comment on this story and others, visit




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