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Ogden woman accused of endangering children; toddler found screaming outside apartment

Mug shot: Anhelicka Lopez
Posted at 10:09 AM, Dec 02, 2020

OGDEN, Utah — An Ogden woman faces two felony and several misdemeanor charges after she was accused of leaving a 2-year-old and an 11-month-old child unattended Tuesday morning.

Police arrested 23-year-old Anhelicka Lopez after a neighbor reported the 2-year-old was alone and screaming outside an apartment at 610 1st St. shortly before 7 a.m.

According to a probable cause statement, the 2-year-old was wearing only a t-shirt and a diaper. The National Weather Service reports the temperature in Ogden at the time was 28 degrees.

The neighbor who contacted police checked the apartment and found an 11-month-old child.

"The oven was also turned on and open," the probable cause statement says.

Officers searched the apartment and found a bong in one of the bedrooms, as well as dirty diapers and dirty milk bottles scattered around, the statement says.

An officer called Lopez and left a voicemail, then contacted the Division of Child and Family Services to take custody of the children.

Lopez called back at 7:54 a.m., about an hour after officers had arrived at the scene.

"[Lopez] told me that she had left to get milk from Walmart. [Lopez] stated it took her so long because she was walking. [Lopez] later arrived on scene wrapped in a blanket and she did not have any milk with her or any other groceries that would indicate she was at Walmart or any store," the statement says.

Officers attempted to place Lopez under arrest, but she pulled away and refused to obey officers' commands, according to the statement.

"While attempting to place [Lopez] into handcuffs she kicked me several times in my legs. I told [Lopez] to stop kicking and she replied 'then get off of me you stupid bitch.'," an officer wrote.

Police said they found Lopez in possession of a THC cartridge during the arrest.

Lopez faces two third-degree felony counts of endangerment of a child, two class B misdemeanor counts of child abuse/neglect, a class B misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor count of interference with an arresting officer and a class A misdemeanor count of assault on a peace officer.