orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 3, 2013

Mom arrested after police find 5 kids home alone


Associated Press

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A 23-year-old mother of five has been arrested and charged with five counts of child abandonment or endangerment after authorities found her children home alone.

The Brownsville Herald (http://bit.ly/18T30Be ) reports the woman, Janerit Velez, told police she left for about an hour Tuesday night to get something to eat.

Police spokesman J.J. Trevino says officers arrived about 11:30 p.m. and found the kids ranging in age from 2 to 8.

Velez arrived about an hour later and was arrested.

A neighbor who called police said the woman had left home about 9 p.m.