A Louisville mother is facing charges she left her three young children alone for 12 hours during the height of last week's power outages.
According to arrest records, 23-year-old Shanita Murdock's 5-year-old child called 911 because the children hadn't eaten since Murdock left them. WLKY obtained a copy of that call:
911 OPERATOR: "911...what's your emergency?" 911 OPERATOR: "Hello?" CHILD: "Who are you?" 911 OPERATOR: "This is 911. Do you have an emergency?" CHILD: "I need my mama back. She's not here."
When officers arrived at the apartment in the 1200 block of W. Jefferson, the report said they found the 5-year-old, a 3-year-old and 1-year-old alone. The report said the 1-year-old child had a soiled diaper.
Taylor said the apartment did have power at the time and that Murdock told officers she'd left the children with a babysitter, but didn't elaborate on where she'd been. Taylor said the children were taken into protective custody.
Murdock faces three counts of wanton endangerment and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. A woman claiming to be Murdock called the WLKY newsroom to inquire about why the station aired her mug shot, but she declined to comment on the charges.