PORTSMOUTH, VA. (WAVY.com) -- Portsmouth police say what they discovered in an apartment on Suburban Circle in Portsmouth amounted to a crime, in fact - a felony.
Neighbor, Katrina Faulks walked WAVY.com through what happened Wednesday evening.
"I heard water running first. And I thought, okay, maybe it will turn off. But it kept running and running and running. Then I started hearing kids hollering and screaming and crying and I started getting worried," Faulks said.
Faulks and her boyfriend, Carter Washington say water was leaking from a second floor apartment, down into their first floor unit. They knew a set of 2-year-old twins lived upstairs with their mother - 24-year-old Terrell Poole. They had no idea Poole would be accused of child abuse and neglect. There was also no way of knowing at first, the young twins were in an overflowing bath tub.
The couple walked upstairs to check on the situation.
Washington said, "The way I knocked on the door, everybody in the apartment complex heard it." But there was no answer. He continued, "I thought she was hurt or incapacitated. So I then called 911 when I didn't get any response from the mother. 'Cause I was getting a little nervous."
Faulks led officers up the stairs to apartment "C". "They heard water running and then they heard the babies crying, so they went ahead and busted the door in. She was on the couch with a pillow and a blanket asleep," Faulks said.
Portsmouth police arrived around 9:20 a.m.
Washington said they watched in disbelief as officers tried to check on the twins - and wake up their mom.
"They was tugging on her, pushing on her, saying 'excuse me ma'am, could you wake up' and she didn't. So they then grabbed the sheet and when they tugged on the sheet she woke up and she was like in a daze," Washington said.
With Terrell Poole finally awake, Portsmouth Police arrested her. At a court appearance Thursday, Poole was released on $1,000 bond.