A Florida mom blames her kids for missing the school bus and wandering around the neighborhood barefoot.
Only in Florida, right? Last week, a Florida mother was arrested for child neglect after her two little girls went door-to-door with a stroller full of toys trying to sell them to neighbors.
The sisters, 7 and 9-years-old, were found by police walking down the street barefoot after an anonymous call came in to police that two little girls were asking neighbors for money.
The girls reportedly told deputies:
We are out selling toys to help mommy stay in the house.
Neither of the girls knew their address so they lead police to their home where the authorities found April Emery, 27, fast asleep at around 11:00 a.m. with the front door to the home wide open. When deputies asked Emery where her kids were she said she didn’t know.
When deputies told her they had found the girls wandering the neighborhood, she angrily told deputies, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel:
Oh. Well they should know better, it’s their job to wake me up in the morning to get ready for school.
So, according to this Florida mom– It’s their fault I neglected them!
Police arrested Emery on child neglect without bodily harm charges and set her bail at $1000. The two girls are now in the custody of their father.
The Department of Children and Families has handled prior complaints of poor child care in the Emery home. When children’s services checked the home related to this complaint they did find toys, a refrigerator full of food, electricity and running water.