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Mother charged as six children found home alone

WARREN — A 37-year-old Warren mother of six is charged with endangering children after police were called to a DeSota Avenue NW address Thursday afternoon.

Several people had seen several young children in the window of the house.

Upon investigation, police officers at 6:42 p.m. found six unattended children, including a 12-year-old girl who answered the door. Two of the younger children were found sleeping on the couch nude without diapers. The report states the five younger children were between the ages of 1 and 6.

The 12-year-old girl told officers she “was in charge” while her mother was gone. She said the mom left about 9 a.m. for a hair appointment and came home “momentarily” in the afternoon. The girl told officers the mom left again to get food for them.

Amber D. Currie of 1635 DeSota, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge Friday morning during an arraignment in Warren Municipal Court. Currie was freed on a personal recognizance bond, court records show.

Judge Terry Ivanchak ruled, however, that the woman can have no unsupervised contact with her children unless approved by Trumbull County Children Services. She also must cooperate with children cervices in the investigation, the judge wrote in his case remarks.

A preliminary hearing for Currie is set for 10:15 a.m. Oct. 29 before Judge Ivanchak, the court record states.

The police report states, the children did not have access to a phone or any type of outside communication. At 7:05 p.m., the mother returned to the home and told officers she had left to pick up her niece.

When police asked about leaving the children alone since 9 a.m, the woman said the hair appointment was from 1:30 to 3 p.m. She said she had come back and then left again at 5 p.m. to pick up her niece. The woman admitted there was no phone for the children to use when she was gone. As for the nude babies, the report states, the woman said the oldest child knows to put the diapers back on them when the youngsters remove them.

The woman agreed to give the children to her mother to take care of while children services investigates the case.

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