WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A local mom appeared in court by video on Thursday. Police in Warren say she left her kids alone in an apartment and that it’s not the first time it has happened.
Investigators say the children in this most recent case were all under the age of seven and that one of them even called police for help.
“These are six charges of endangering children,” said Judge Thomas Gysegem.
Brayasha Clark pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against her.
Police were sent to her apartment on Fifth Street on Tuesday when one of her children called 911 several times and told dispatchers no adult was home.
Caller: “They’re not here.”
Dispatcher: “OK, who is there?”
Dispatcher: “Nobody else is? There’s not an adult there?”
“These cases do make the news and in particular they are unfortunately great reminders of thinking about what to do, how to assess your children before leaving them home alone,” said Jennifer Kollar, with Mahoning County Children Services.
Police say when they got there, they found six of Clark’s children, ages seven months to six years old, by themselves.
A police report says officers also saw scars and other marks and believed the children had suffered abuse for a while.
The children were placed with a family member and Clark was taken into custody the next day.
This isn’t the first time Clark has been accused of leaving her children home alone. She was charged earlier this month with similar offenses after police found her children unattended.
Clark is free on a $2,500 bond and is due back in court on March 23.
“The condition of the bond is to reinvolve and follow up with Mahoning County Children Services Board on these matters,” Judge Gysegem said.
“We are working with this particular family and at this point and time that’s the only information due to confidentiality that I’m allowed to expand upon,” Kollar said.