EVANSVILLE — A 45-year-old Evansville woman was arrested early this morning on three preliminary charges of child neglect with injury after her daughter called police from a gas station to say her mother was abusing her and her siblings.
Debbie Jennings is in the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond pending a court appearance.
According to an Evansville Police Department probable cause affidavit, police were dispatched to a gas station at 1148 Washington Ave. shortly after midnight after receiving a 911 call from a juvenile whose age was not released.
Police said the girl had a welt over her left eye and told police she and her two siblings had gone for a walk earlier and arrived home after the curfew set by their mother.
She said her mother got mad and started hitting them with a belt, extension cord and sticks. She said she got hit in the face before running to call 911.
The ages of the two other children also weren’t released.
Police said Jennings, of 1113 Washington, told them she had to discipline the children because they were sneaking out at night and not returning home until the morning.
Another female child had some wounds on her arm and leg apparently caused by a belt.
A third child, a boy, said he was hit several times on his arm with a belt, which police said they found in the home’s bathroom.
According to the report, one of the children asked what was going to happen to their mother? When the officer mentioned arrest, the child said, “Thank you so much. This has been going on a long time.”