NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A 24-year-old woman was arrested after two children were found in a Newport News home alone, according to police.
Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 100 block of Mews Lane around 7:30 p.m. to check on the welfare of two children left alone.
There, they found a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl alone. Thurston said officers tried to call their mother on her cell phone, but the calls went unanswered. When they asked the children who they would call in an emergency, they said they would call their mother and didn’t know about calling 911 for help.
The children did not appear to be in immediate danger.
The mother’s boyfriend called the apartment while officers were there and went to the home after speaking with officers. The mother returned around 8:20 p.m.
Thurston said it was determined the mother left the children home alone around 5:50 p.m. and thought her boyfriend would be home at 6 p.m. Tanisha Charmia Watson was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child neglect.
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