SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Suffolk mother is accused of leaving her two young daughters home alone.
Acting on an anonymous tip Sunday afternoon, Suffolk Police responded to the Heritage Acres Apartments at 1015 Nansemond Pkwy.
When an officer knocked on the door in question, a 3-year-old girl answered and her 2-year-old sister was standing nearby, according to police spokeswoman Diana Klink. Officers entered the apartment and found it to be unkempt, with food on the floors and infested with bugs.
While officers were still on the scene, the children's mother, 25-year-old Lakeisha Myrick, returned home. She gave police permission to search the entire home, Klink said.
Myrick was charged with two counts of abuse and neglect and two counts cruelty to children. She is currently at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
Child Protective Services turned over the children to their grandmother.
WAVY.com tracked down the grandmother, who was sitting outside of her home with the two little girls. They looked healthy and were constantly smiling.
The grandmother didn't want to go on camera , but told WAVY.com she doesn't believe they were left home alone all the time. She said her daughter just made a mistake. She also told WAVY.com a lot of people in the complex have a problem with roaches, and she disputed that there was food all over the floor.
She told WAVY.com Myrick loves her little girls and would never do anything to harm them, though she said she believes Myrick should enroll in parenting classes to help her become a more complete mother.
WAVY.com checked court records and found this isn't Myrick's first run-in with the law. She has been arrested numerous times for charges such as possession of marijuana, drunk in public and assault and battery. The possession of marijuana charges were filed just two months ago.
Myrick will make her first court appearance Tuesday morning in Suffolk.
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