Arizona mom had drugs, no water for kids in 110-degree heat, police say

Arizona mom had drugs, no water for kids in 110-degree heat, police say
Brittany Elizabeth Meinke was jailed on charges of endangerment, child abuse and three drug-related offenses. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — An Arizona woman is accused of drug possession and intoxication while walking with her two small children who complained of thirst in 110-degree heat, authorities said.

Brittany Elizabeth Meinke, 27, of Fountain Hills, was arrested Sunday and charged with endangerment, child abuse and three drug-related offenses, according to Maricopa County court records.

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Police said they received reports about a woman staggering and falling, accompanied by a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old child, KNXV reported.

According to police, the older child was carrying a plastic pencil box that contained substances of marijuana, the television station reported. The boy was not wearing socks, shoes or a shirt.

The 2-year-old was wearing long-sleeved pajamas and had a soiled diaper, KNXV reported. According to a police report, the 4-year-old said he was “hungry, thirsty, hot and said he was walking outside all day.'

Meinke admitted to police she had been drinking and had two bottles of alcohol in her possession, KNXV reported. She did not have food or water for the children.

Meinke made her first court appearance Monday. She is scheduled to return to court June 8, according to court records.