http://www.wpbf.com/news/21113026/detail.htmlA 26-year-old St. Lucie County woman was arrested on a child neglect charge after a 1-year-old girl was found in a bedroom closet, deputies said.
Deputies were called to Olga Garay's home Thursday after receiving an anonymous call that the toddler was home alone.
According to an arrest affidavit, Garay left the girl in a bedroom closet on a box with a blanket used as padding. The affidavit also stated there was no electricity in the home.
While deputies were at the home, Garay showed up with four other children. Garay claimed she was only gone for five minutes to get her other children from the bus stop, deputies said.
According to the affidavit, the anonymous caller told deputies Garay leaves her children alone at home every day.
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/sep/...sted-on-child/Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement “Florida Department of Children and Families workers removed five children from the home. Their ages are 13 months, 2 years, 4 years, 5 years, 7 years.”
Deputies said they learned that the 13-month-old girl and the other children often were left alone in the home.
According to the arrest affidavidt, a deputy came to the home about 3:18 p.m. and found Garay coming home with four chilldren she said she was walking back from a bus stop. Garay told the deputy she left her youngest child alone in the home for five minutes on a box with a blanket for padding because it was too hot to take the child with her.
The deputy said he noticed the home was clean and there was plenty of food but no electricity. A bedroom air conditioner was running on power from an extension cord to a nearby home. Garay told deputies the children’s father was in Mexico and she was unemployed and living on food stamps, the affidavidt said.