Grandmother’s custody revoked after 2 children left home alone

Terri Carter

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville grandmother is accused of leaving her two grandchildren home alone for an unknown amount of time.

Terri Carter’s sister reportedly made police aware of the incident after her 5-year-old granddaughter and 2-year-old grandson were left alone on July 9.

The 5-year-old told police when she woke up she could not find her grandmother and was scared, according to an affidavit.

The girl and her brother were hungry, so they ate donuts she found in a bowl.

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Terri Carter reportedly left her two young grandchildren home alone on July 9.

According to the affidavit, Carter’s sister tried to contact her throughout the day, meanwhile caring for the two children at her home in White House before contacting police.

Carter’s sister stated the grandmother “gets tired of the children” and this is likely not the first time they were left unattended.

Carter’s boyfriend eventually found her at a home with other women on the front porch. He took her home to Hendersonville.

Her boyfriend called her sister and said Carter was willing to meet DCS in Robertson County and give consent for someone else to take custody of the children in an attempt to avoid law enforcement, according to the affidavit.

Carter, who received the children in an emergency placement, has a lengthy criminal history with multiple arrests for theft, drug possession and driving violations.

News 2 contacted DCS about the placement and a spokesman said they cannot comment specifically about the case. He said it is possible the children were placed in their grandmother’s custody by another entity, not DCS itself.

However, the children are now in state custody.

No one came to the door when News 2 went to the address listed for Carter on court documents. She is charged with two counts of child neglect and is now free on $25,000 bond. She’s due back in court on Aug. 12.

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