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POLICE: 14-month-old child left alone; Jeffersontown mom arrested

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Dawn Harris (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Dawn Harris (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersontown mother has been arrested after police say her 14-month-old daughter was found in dangerous conditions.

According to an arrest report, police were sent to an apartment on Arbor Pointe Place, near the intersection of Stony Brook Drive and Taylorsville Road, shortly after 9:30 a.m. after they received a report of a child left alone.

When they arrived, they allegedly found the 14-month-old upstairs sleeping on an adult bed, face-down on a plastic-wrapped mattress.

Police list "multiple endangerments" to the child, including a window next to the bed that was left open without a screen, two bathrooms with open doors (including two toilets with the lids up and one bathtub that was filled with water), a kitchen knife on a countertop and a staircase that was not protected by a gate.

Police say the mother -- 29-year-old Dawn Harris -- had left the child alone for approximately 40 minutes.

When Harris returned home, police say she "repeatedly lied" about how long she was gone, and "even claimed her sister was supposed to be watching her child." 

Police say her sister was contacted by phone and told officers she hadn't been to the apartment in several days.

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