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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) - A Hamilton County mom is facing child abuse and neglect charges. Police say she left her toddler home alone to go clubbing. The little boy was found alone at an extended stay motel in East Ridge after he called for help.

Channel 3 talked to the mom, 20-year-old Angela Deville, on the phone. She didn't want to be on camera because she says she's been getting threats. But, she says she does want people to hear her side of the story.

"I did make a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes. I mean, I made a mistake, but I'm not a bad mother. I love my children," Angela Deville said.

Deville admits she left her toddler son alone at the Superior Creek Lodge while she went to a club.

"Yes, I did go by the club, but I was trying to get my job back," Deville said.

But, while she was at the club trying to get her exotic dancing job back, her 3-yea- old son, Adrian, was calling for help.

"A neighboring room had received a phone call from the child stating that he was home alone and didn't know where he was, was scared," East Ridge Police Public Information Officer Erik Hopkins said.

East Ridge Police say this is what they found in room 175 around 1 a.m. Thursday.

"The conditions of the room were terrible. Fecal matter in the floor, dirty diapers, old food. the officers even described that in areas of the room, flies so bad they couldn't breathe in to hold their breath," Hopkins said.

Deville argues that's not true.

"No there wasn't. The only thing that was in my room that probably shouldn't have been there-- I hadn't taken out the garbage because I'd just had surgery. I had my gallbladder taken out," Deville said.

She claims she's never left either of her two kids home alone before. She says she couldn't find anyone to watch her son that night, so she left him there. She says she stopped by to check on him several times, but when she pulled up the last time, she knew why police were arresting her.

"I mean, I couldn't really argue with them because I did make a mistake," Deville said.

She's since bonded out of jail. She says Child Protective Services released her kids to a family friend. Deville says she's looking into taking parenting classes. She goes to court in East Ridge next Tuesday. Police say she, or the person who served as her driver, could face more charges.

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