SACRAMENTO, CA - The family that manages a Sacramento motel discovered a toddler alone in a room and crying when they knocked on the door at checkout time.
Vaisali Patel said her parents went to room 47 at the Royal 8 Inn on Stockton Blvd. late Sunday morning because the woman who had checked in with her 2-year-old daughter the day before hadn't come by the office to drop off the key.
"All they heard was a baby crying," Patel said.
Patel said her parents used a master key to enter the room and saw the toddler standing on the bed, clutching the headboard.
Patel's mother, Hansa, gave the child juice and a maid changed her diaper while they waited for police to arrive.
Patel said the mother, Angelique Williams, 20, finally returned to the motel around 3 p.m., claiming she was unaware the toddler had been left alone.
The family believes Williams left the room late Saturday night or early Sunday morning when the office was closed.
"It's extremely bizarre," Patel said. "You can't even fathom the fact that a mother would leave her baby and then come back and claim she didn't even know her baby was here."
Williams was arrested and booked on a charge of felony child endangerment, with bail set at $51,000.
Williams declined a News10 interview request.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net