Mom accused of leaving kids to get drunk said she was 'stressed out,' police say

Pittsburgh police said an East Liberty woman left her four young children alone while she went to a bar because she said she was "stressed out."

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Officers were called to an apartment on Hays Street shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday after an employee of the building found the children, ages 6, 4, 2 and 1 month, alone in their apartment.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by WPXI, the children's mother, 31-year-old Rosa Alvarado, arrived at the apartment about 25 minutes after police.

Officers said she was holding a can of beer and was "highly intoxicated," according to the criminal complaint.

Alvarado was taken into custody, and the complaint says she told officers, "I am stressed  out and I went to the bar drinking."

Alvarado is facing charges of child endangerment and public drunkenness.

The children were placed in protective custody.