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Arizona mother was abandoning 2 kids to be a stripper

Post  AnnaEsse on Wed 16 Jun - 12:56

ABC News

An Arizona mom was arrested as she packed up for a future as a California
stripper because she intended to leave her two young children
behind, police said today.

And when her 11-year-old son tried to hug her before their separation,
she made a fist and punched him in the stomach, according to police

That's when the cops arrested her.

Police in Surprise, Ariz., were called to the house by Christina Muniz's
11-year-old son at 9 a.m. on June 11. He said his mother was leaving him
behind along with his 6-year-old brother.

"The boy stated his mom is in the house packing with her boyfriend, and
that she is going to California without them," Sgt. Mark Ortega, of the
Surprise police department told ABC News.

"When he (the child) told her not to go, she said she was going to beat
him. This is the call coming in from the child," Ortega said.

Police said the woman, 29, was abandoning her two boys because she said she was
sick of them, and wanted to finally be able to pursue her dream of
becoming a stripper.

When police arrived they were met by the 11-year-old, and
they said that Muniz came out of their apartment allegedly laughing at
her son, exclaiming she couldn't believe he called the police on her.

"She said she was tired of having the kids, she needed a break and
didn't want them. She told the officer on the scene, Officer Robert
Burtrum, 'Do what you need to do to get them out of here,'" Ortega said.

Muniz allegedly told the officer she needed to go out and play without
them, he wrote in his report.

The officer took the 11-year-old a short distance away from Muniz to
speak to him in private and the full scale of the alleged emotional abuse he and his brother were dealing with became
clear, Ortega said.

"Burtrum asked Muniz if he could speak to the boys alone, and she told
him it was fine and to take them when he was done," Ortega said.

"The boy told the officer that she was always telling him things like
that, that she didn't want him, that he was ugly, that he had buckteeth
and that she just wanted him to leave," Ortega said.

According to Ortega, when Burtrum asked the boy if he believed his
mother would leave him like that, the boy told him yes.

"He said all she cares about is her boyfriend and drinking wine," Ortega

Ortega said after Burtrum spoke to the boy in private, he found Muniz
sitting at her dining room table drinking what he believed to be wine.

"She said it was the only way to cope with the kids," Ortega said.

The boy led the officer to his room, where Burtrum described in his
report as finding the boy's bed covered in two feet of laundry. The
11-year-old allegedly told Burtrum he had no where to put the clothing
and either slept on the floor or upstairs in his mother's room. When
Burtrum went to inspect Muniz's room, he said he found a pipe with
marijuana residue in it, the police report stated.

The boy told Burtrum that she was always leaving them alone, that she
was always mean and never cooked for them or helped them. He said she
goes out at night and the next morning a different guy will leave the
house," Ortega said.

When they returned downstairs, Burtrum said in his report he found Muniz
asleep on her couch.

"The 11-year-old tried to wake her, and she yelled 'what the f do you
want, I never want to see you again,'" Ortega said.

Child protective services arrived at the house and the 11-year-old told
them he and his brother wanted to go stay with their father in Phoenix.
The CPS presented Muniz with a temporary custody notice placing the
children with the father, which she agreed to, Ortega said

"When she saw the temporary custody notice, she looked at the
11-year-old and told him she never wanted to see him again, to never
call her and that she would hopefully be in California,"
Ortega said. Despite that, as the CPS started to take the children
away, the 11-year-old tried to hug his mother goodbye.

"Christina made a fist with her right hand and she punched him in the
stomach," Ortega said.

At that point police arrested her and charged her with possesing drug
paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, and child neglect.

"She never showed any concern for the boys or remorse," Ortega said
Burtrum wrote in his report.

"During her processing she said she smoked marijuana all the time, and
that she was happy. She said she thought her boyfriend would now get a
place with her and she could finally pursue her lifelong dream of being a
stripper and making a lot of money," Ortega said.

This is absolutely the worst I've ever heard of. We've removed a lot of
children from parents, we have to sometimes," Ortega said

"To see somebody so readily wanting to be so abusive, and to the very
end the boy was looking for affection. To think he's endured this for
his whole life, I hope he gets some normality somewhere," Ortega said.

Muniz appeared in court Monday, and according to police told the judge
it was "all a big misunderstanding," and she denied she ever punched her
son. She is being held on $20,000 bond and could not be reached for

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