Child left alone
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 4:50 pm
The Messenger, March 19, 2012
A Union City woman has been charged with child neglect after she allegedly left her 9-year-old child home alone on Friday.
The Union City Police Department was dispatched to 811 West Reelfoot Ave., Lot 107, in reference to a 911 hang-up call. Upon arrival, the officer found a 9-year-old child home alone. The child told the officer he did not have a phone in the house to dial 911 and he was home from school because he was sick. He said he did not know where his mother was, but was sure she would return soon.
About 50 minutes after the 911 call was received, the child’s mother, Ofelia Amezquita Murillo, 39, arrived home. She told the officer she went to a friend’s house about 15 minutes away to pick up her youngest daughter from daycare. She said she was probably away from the house more than 30 minutes, but was unsure of how long.
Due to the child being 9, being sick and left with no phone or anyone to contact, Ms. Murillo was issued a misdemeanor citation for child neglect.