Woman pleads not guilty to endangering
WARREN — A Warren mother of four pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of child endangering after police accused her last week of leaving her children home alone all day– as she pursued a career as a rapper.
Leshay J. Myatt, 39, of 1557 Valley Drive SW, was arraigned before Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak after she turned herself in at the court Monday morning, records show. Ivanchak released Myatt on a personal recognizance bond and set a hearing for 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27 before Judge Thomas P. Gysegem.
Myatt’s four children were placed in the custody of Trumbull County Children Services after police were called to the home Thursday morning. A 12-year-old boy had shown up at his neighbor’s Lane Drive home shortly after 1 a.m. to say his mother had left him and his younger siblings alone since 10 a.m. the previous day.
The ages of the children ranged from 8 to 12, including 9-year-old twins.
As police were speaking with the 12-year-old, the boy’s siblings arrived on foot at the neighbors’ house — all crying and wearing no shoes.
The children were transported back to their home, which was around the corner from the neighbors’ home. The oldest child told police his mother is “pursuing a rap career” and she regularly leaves the children at home for extended periods of the day, and occasionally is gone for up to 24 hours.
The 12-year-old told police he cooks meals and makes sure the rest of his siblings complete their online schooling.
According to the report, the 12-year-old said he tried to call his mom to come home, but he said she yelled at him and hung up. It was after that call when he left the apartment to seek help, the report states.