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Police: Mom passed out on couch with young kids wandering outside

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A Sherwood woman was passed out on a couch from drinking while her young children wandered around outside in the 90-degree heat, according to court documents.

Police were called to a home near Southwest 1st and Oak in Sherwood at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Witnesses reported seeing two children in only diapers unattended near the street.

"The kids are pretty young, and this is a very busy street," said neighbor Rob Kelley. "Having them outside unsupervised is extremely dangerous."

When police arrived, one of the children was in the street in the front yard of their unfenced home, court documents state. They are a 3-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl.

According to court documents, police knocked on the front door but got no response. An officer went to an open back door and yelled inside, but again got no response.

The officer noticed clothing on the floor that appeared to be covered in blood. Fearing the children's parents were injured, the officer went inside.

He found the house in disarray, according to a probable cause affidavit, and blood on the bedroom floor.

Police said the children's mother, identified as Mary Hilliker, 34, was found passed out on the couch.

A probable cause affidavit states an officer yelled at the woman and kicked the couch, before she finally woke up.

"She did not know where her kids were. She stated she was drunk," court documents state.

The woman told police she remembered being on the couch between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and that was the last time she saw her kids. Court documents state the woman admitted to having a drinking problem.

She also said the blood in the house was from her intentionally cutting her ankle two days earlier, the probable cause affidavit states.

Hilliker was arrested on charges of criminal mistreatment and child neglect.

Sherwood police said several bystanders came to the aid of the children by cleaning them up, giving them food and water, and providing a clean change of clothes and diapers.

"It's nice to know that we have a community that looks out for each other," said Kelley. 

The children were released into the custody of the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare.

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