According to two recent Dakota County Criminal Complaints here and , a husband and wife are charged with child neglect after one of their children was found out in the street after midnight by a neighbor and who eventually led police into the home and to the bedrooms of their two sleeping siblings. The parents were no where to be found.
From the complaint:
On Thursday, November 3, 2011 at approximately 12:08 a.m., RW dialed 911 and reported that while she was walking her dog in the neighborhood she came across a small boy standing at the end of a driveway who appeared to be about two years old. She asked where his parents were and the boy responded, “All gone”. She followed the boy into the home and could not locate an adult. The residence was located in the City of Inver Grove Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota. Police responded and located IMC, age three. IMC showed the officers his sleeping brother, CMC, age five. IMC informed the officers that CMC had the “spirit” of a two-year-old and was autistic. IMC also showed the officers his sleeping brother, GNE, age nine. GNE told officers he thought his parents were sleeping, and had not known that they were gone. The residence was cluttered and dirty and had a distinct sour odor. GNE assisted officers in locating a phone number for his biological father, who was contacted and was able to identify the mother of the boys, and the father of the two younger boys.
The parents returned home and advised that they had hired a “Sarah” whose last name they did not know, to babysit, and she must have left. The parents subsequently told child protection that they had not hired a babysitter and had left the children alone. They also advised that when they received the call that police were at their residence they had been in Rush City, more than an hour away from their residence.
Are you surprised that the ‘parents’ were only charged with a gross misdemeanor for their decision to leave three young children home alone, in the middle of the night, while they trekked an hour away? Do you think that this was the first time the ‘parents’ have done something like this or do you believe it was only the first time they were caught? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.