ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Albuquerque mom is in big trouble after police said they found her baby covered in feces, and a rag shoved into his mouth.
Michelle Charley, 31, faced a judge in Metro Court on charges of child abuse on Wednesday. Police said she was arrested after they came to her northeast Albuquerque home for a welfare check on Tuesday.
Staffers at an Albuquerque women's safe house told police Charley told them she was drunk and was with her baby earlier in the day.
Charley has custody of another daughter, as well as a niece and nephew. Police got involved when Charlie failed to pick them up from school.
Police said they eventually found Charley, her baby and another man in the home.
Investigators said the baby was covered in dried feces.
The child also had a wet rag in his mouth that investigators said appeared to be shoved in.
That rag was allegedly dirty and police said they tried to wipe away the feces but couldn't. The child had to be soaked in a bath.
Charley's neighbors said they were shocked to hear of the allegations.
"Anyone who is a mother, to have their child covered in feces or rag in their mouth that's not right," neighbor Terry Wilson said. "Plus, if your having trouble ask somebody for help."
CYFD has custody of the four children for now, but because they are Native American tribal social services could take over the case.
CYFD confirm that it has been called out to Charley's home in 2005 and 2007 for child neglect but tribal services chose to take over those reports.
Charley was already on probation for the 2007 incident when she was arrested. Her criminal history includes four misdemeanors and two felony convictions.
Charley is being held on a $15,000 bond.
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