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Mom Accused Of Abandoning Child Out Of Jail

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The mother arrested for abandoning her 7-year-old daughter and having her sleep in a dumpster overnight has now bonded out of the Dallas County jail.

Alicia Carroll's arrest stunned parents at the Small Miracles Academy daycare in Garland, where Carroll had worked as a teacher until Monday.

Candice Ostrowski said, "I'm shaken up about her, about this happening to her. This is not like her." Similar statements were heard not only from the parent, but from a co-worker and a friend.

But authorities said that Carroll told her daughter to hide in a dumpster late Saturday night after they spent an evening together at the nearby King Spa & Sauna in west Dallas. Investigators said that the little girl spent the night in there by herself.

Police said that Carroll was intoxicated and did not remember what had happened.

Ostrowski added, "I don't know how or why that happened. The only thing I can think of is something was in her drink and she wasn't in her right mind at that moment. I know she was scared and looking for her daughter."

No one from the daycare would speak on the record, but they confirmed that Carroll is out of a job.

A source said that, before Carroll's arrest, Child Protective Services had opened an investigation into Carroll, but that it was not completed. A spokeswoman with Child Protective Services would not comment on the case but said, in general, that the state notifies daycares when employees are arrested on certain charges and should be kept off the premises.

"My daughter is going to be heartbroken, because she's such a good teacher," Ostrowski continued Tuesday. "She's such a good mom. She's one of the best teachers."

A source said that Dallas police have completed their investigation and have sent the case to prosecutors. Carroll's own mother declined comment on Tuesday. CBS 11 News called the girl's biological father seeking comment, but has not yet heard back.

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