Tot roamed O.C. parking lot while mom was on drugs, officials say
A Mission Viejo mother who allegedly let her 3-year-old girl roam a parking lot unattended was arrested this week after authorities discovered her under the influence of drugs in an apartment, sheriff's officials said.
Milanya Mundell, 29, has been booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment and and being under the influence of a controlled substance, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. He said the child has been taken into protective custody and was unharmed.
Deputies responded to the apartment complex in the 200 block of California Court just before 10 p.m. Wednesday to calls about the girl, who had been wandering the parking lot for about 20 minutes, crying for her mother, Amormino said.
"Obviously that's pretty out of the ordinary," he said.
Deputies eventually located the mother’s apartment and entered through an open door when knocks went unanswered, according to Amormino. Mundell had locked herself in a master bedroom and deputies heard a toilet flushing several times as deputies tried to get her to open the door, Amormino said.
Mundell appeared under the influence when she exited the room and investigators found a loaded syringe in the room, Amormino said. He added that deputies executed a search warrant that night and found additional drugs, the spokesman said.
Orange County jail records list Mundell as in custody as of Friday morning, being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Milanya Mundell. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department.