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Sioux Falls mom forces kids into subzero temps, charged with abuse

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A South Dakota woman was charged Monday with neglect following allegations that she kicked five young boys out of her home and into subzero temperatures over the weekend.

Local media reported Monday that Kiyanne Arpan, of Sioux Falls, was arrested early Sunday morning. She was charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a minor younger than 7, four counts of abuse or neglect of a minor older than 7, and one count of simple assault.

"Officers estimated that with the wind chill, it was 25 below," said Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens.

Police said Arpan, 33, had allegedly been drinking alcohol before she kicked three of her children and two visiting children outside when they started arguing over toys. The children all were younger than 11.

The mother of Arpan's boyfriend called police. When officers arrived at the home, they deemed it unsuitable for children because it was filled with leftover beer cans and garbage.

A 10-year-old daughter, who was asleep on the couch at the time of the incident, also was removed from the home.