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May 13, 2013

Mother arrested after leaving terminally ill toddler home alone

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

A 21-year-old Southfield mother was arrested May 10 after it was found that she had left her 3-year-old son home alone.

According to Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department, it was the hospice nurse who called 911 at around 8:40 a.m. when she arrived for her shift at the apartment in the 27000 block of Franklin Road and could hear the child crying inside.

She reported knocking repeatedly, though no one answered the door.

“We received the call from the hospice nurse. She heard crying walking up to the door, and when officers responded, they could hear the boy crying, too, but couldn’t get an answer (at the door),” Loussia explained. “Officers were able to gain entry into the apartment through maintenance and inside found that the 3-year-old had been left home alone.”

The report did not indicate what condition the boy suffered from to be in hospice care, but Loussia noted that the boy was terminally ill and that the nurse told officers that he should be under continual supervision.

He was reportedly found inside the apartment in a child seat.

Loussia said it took several attempts to contact the mother on her cellphone. When they did reach her, police advised her to return home for an investigation. After being interviewed by officers, she was placed under arrest and faces charges of child neglect and abuse, according to Loussia.

The report indicated that the mother had been gone over an hour that morning and could not give a sound answer as to where she was or why she left her toddler home alone.

“She gave several reasons that were not valid,” Loussia added.

The boy was transported to a local hospital to be checked, and according to Loussia, Child Protective Services will determine was happens next.