NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two young mothers were arrested and charged with child neglect after police and roommates say they went out drinking, leaving three kids at home alone.
It began Friday night when Robert Hummell called Metro police after finding three small children, ages 4, 5, and 1, alone in his home.
“I open the curtain and I see three kids laying in there. Where is everybody at? Everything is quiet; nobody is here,” Hummell told News 2.
He showed News 2 a small room cluttered with couches and a bed with no blankets or sheets.
According to police, 23-year-old Brittnay Gregory and 21-year-old Destiny Herron left the kids alone to go out partying.
Hummell reported he came home, heard whining in the room, and was shocked to find them alone in the dark house.
“One little kid rubbing his eyes, so I flip the light on; the other kid waking up and the oldest boy didn’t wake up at all,” he added.
Hummel’s girlfriend, who also lives in the house, said, “It made me want to vomit, to be honest.”
Sarah Cravens works at one of the bars where the women allegedly went. She served the women and wondered who was watching the children.
“They got cut off,” Cravens said. “They were too drunk at my bar.”
According to the arrest affidavits, the women thought a neighbor next door was watching the children. When police questioned the neighbor, he says he didn’t know the women even left the house.
“They could’ve walked out the front door, kidnapped, killed, taken, anything can happen,” Cravens said. “What if the 1-year-old had choked in his sleep and died in his sleep, and they came home to a dead baby? How do you explain that? Anything could have happened.”
Spokespeople for the Department of Children’s Services confirm the children are with other family members and the agency is investigating.
Both women are charged with child neglect.