Hanford police Monday booked Linda Mitchell of Hanford on charges of child endangerment, a spokesman said.
Officers went to the 400 block of West Florinda Avenue about 4 p.m. and found an 11-year-old by himself. The boy told officers his mother told him to leave the motel where they were staying.
Officers next learned that Mitchell, identified as the mother, had checked out several hours earlier.
Child Protective Services took custody of the boy. Mitchell was located later that day and arrested.