PROVO, Utah (AP) — A 21-year-old mother has been arrested after police found her two young children in a trash bin at a Provo apartment complex.

Police say a “concerned citizen” found a two-year-old and a three-year-old in the trash container at the Boulders Apartment complex on Tuesday. The person pulled both children out and called police.

Officers tried to contact the children’s mother by knocking on her door and calling her cell phone. They eventually got a key from managers and entered the apartment.

Police say they found two 8-month-old babies with their mother inside the apartment, which was reportedly littered with dirty diapers and empty beer cans.

Stephania Chaves was booked into the Utah County Jail on two counts of child abuse or neglect.

Child services took custody of the four children.

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