Woman arrested after 5-year-old child found wandering store alone

A Tulsa woman was arrested on complaints of child neglect and public intoxication after police found her child unaccompanied and complaining of abuse at a west Tulsa QuikTrip.

About 6 p.m. Saturday police were called to the QuikTrip as 1202 W. 23rd St. after they received reports a 5-year-old girl had come in without a parent. Employees told police that when asked, the girl said she lived alone and her parents were dead, according to an arrest and booking report.

When police arrived at the store, they found Sharlotte Sandstede, 43. Officers described her eyes as bloodshot and said she had slurred speech, the report states.

She reportedly told officers she’d been drinking alcohol before she arrived.

The child told police she needed to “go to the doctor” because her mother had hit her, according to the report.

Officers noted “signs of suspicious injury” on the girl’s left eye, lower back and below both earlobes.

The Department of Human Services also responded to the scene.

Sandstede was booked into Tulsa Jail on complaints of public intoxication and child neglect. She’s being held in lieu of $50,100 bond, jail records indicate.