Mom accused of leaving kids home alone | Crime
Craighead County District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Monday to charge a Jonesboro woman with child endangerment after police say she left her children home alone while she went to work.
Tiffany Monique Smith, 29, was arrested Sunday night at the Walmart store on Parker Road after police say they discovered her four children, ranging in age from 11 to 6 years of age, alone in an apartment in the 2400 block of Dudley.
According to the initial police report, officers were called to the home around 11:30 p.m. on a welfare check. When they entered the home, they reportedly found two of the children asleep on an air mattress. A third child was sleeping on the floor of a bedroom closet. The living room contained no furniture.
The oldest child told police he and his brothers and sisters were home alone most nights from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. except Wednesdays “because his momma is off work that day,” according to the report.
Officer Tommy Fitzgerald reportedly asked the child if his mother got home before he went to school and the boy said “no.”
The boy told Fitzgerald he has to wake his siblings and get them dressed before getting on the school bus.
A neighbor told police that after Smith went to work at night the children would go outside and “play in the street,” adding that they “are always saying they are hungry and begging for food.”
According to the initial police report, the 11-year-old boy told a DHS worker that his mother often gives the children Benadryl so they can “sleep better.” The child then showed the worker and Fitzgerald several Benadryl pills on a dresser in Smith’s bedroom.
Fitzgerald and Officer Nicholas Dumond then went to Walmart on Parker Road where they arrested Smith without incident and took her to the Craighead County Detention Center.
During questioning Smith told police before leaving for work she would feed and bathe her children. She reportedly said the kids were asleep when she left.
Smith told investigators she “felt her 11 year old could watch over the children while they slept while she was at work” adding that she was “trying to work to get on her feet.”
She told police she would “make arrangements for them,” according to the report.
On Monday she appeared before Judge Blackman who set her bond at $1,000 and ordered her to appear in court on May 29.
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