In a police body camera video, you hear a 7-year-old girl tell an APD officer that she gets left home alone often to watch her 9-month-old brother while her mom leaves for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Neighbors confirm the kids are always by themselves. This happened in October of last year after APD got a call on a child neglect case. Officers made their way to the Four Hills Studios on Central near Tramway.
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But when the kid’s mother, Samantha Sanchez, arrives, she’s not remorseful – she’s angry. After several conversations, things escalate. In the video you see Sanchez fighting with officers for several minutes, even kicking them. After officers finally get Sanchez into the back of a police car, she makes a prediction.
“I will get my s*** dismissed anyways, there is no evidence.”
Sanchez was wrong. She was convicted shortly after that and given a one-year suspended sentence. She’s still awaiting trial for accidentally shooting the toes off her now one-and-a-half-year-old son while she was fighting with her boyfriend. The Children, Youth and Family Department could not say if she still has custody of her kids.