Monday, 17 October 2011

Mom Charged With Neglect for Letting Kids Walk to Store Alone

But certainly, this Rock Hill, S.C., mom isn't winning any Mother of the Year awards. Candace Amber Cole, 27, was charged with neglect after her 5-year-old daughter and 6-year-old old son walked about a mile to a store to buy toilet paper while she slept, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.

Sheriff's deputies say the kids walked from their home to a gas station near Interstate 77 on Sunday. A store employee flagged down a deputy.

Cole, who was being held in the York County jail, told deputies that she wasn't aware that her children had left the home, WBTV reports.

According to the report, the deputy went into the home and found it to be "extremely unclean [with] no sheets on the children's bed, animal feces all over the home." The deputy also reported finding multiple bags of trash, rotten food and a toilet clogged with feces in the home.

The deputy called the Department of Social Services to come to the home, and the children were taken by Cole's mother, WBTV reports.

Should Cole be found guilty of neglect? (We'd say evidence points to yes ...)

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