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Knives left near children, home in 'disarray' lands mother in jail, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published November 6, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.

A North Little Rock mother was arrested after police found her two young children in a home in "total disarray" with clothes strewn throughout and two knives left within their reach, authorities said.

Misty Mitchum, 25, was booked into the Pulaski County jail on two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and her two children, ages 7 months and 5 years, were taken into custody by the Department of Human Services.

A North Little Rock officer went along with a case worker Tuesday night for a welfare check at the family's home in the 4800 block of Gum Street, according to an arrest report.

The officer wrote in the report that the home was in "total disarray," with clothes "thrown everywhere" and the floor littered with items including a Penthouse magazine, a baby bottle full of spoiled, "chunky" milk, an open bottle of vodka and half-open folding pocket knife "only a few feet from the children." There was also an unsheathed Bowie knife "within close proximity of the children," the report said.

"Mitchum also spontaneously stated she had smoked some 'weed' and 'took a small hit of meth,'" the officer wrote in the report.

Mitchum remained in the Pulaski County jail Tuesday morning with bail set at $3,000. A preliminary court date is set for Wednesday.

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