WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - A mother was arraigned on child neglect and marijuana charges on Friday after police say 29-year-old Teshia Watson left her four children home alone in deplorable conditions in Warren.
Warren Police discovered the four children, ranging in age from 2 years old to 9 years old, home alone after getting a 911 call from a neighbor who saw a small child about to fall out of a window.
"I was just sitting on the porch and he was like slipping," said the neighbor.
The neighbor tells 7 Action News she then asked the child if his mother was home. The neighbor says the child told her that he didn't know where his mom was and that he was hungry.
Police say, when they arrived at the apartment, it was filthy with fecal matter found around the rooms. Officers tell 7 Action News there was barely any food in the apartment. They say they found spoiled milk in the refrigerator, open liquor bottles on the counter and marijuana in the home.
Police believe Watson left around 9 a.m. Thursday morning and did not return until 5:45 p.m. that day when officers had already arrived.
"I can't talk about it, it's horrible," said neighbor Robert Corley.
The mother apparently told police she was out buying furniture and that her brother was supposed to be watching the kids, but the brother is denying her claims.
When police arrested Watson, we're told she had marijuana in her purse and over $200 cash.
We're told the children are doing fine and staying with a grandparent for the time being.
Watson talked to 7 Action News after she was released from jail on a personal bond. The mother of four says the marijuana that was found in her purse belongs to her sister; the alcohol belonged to her brother; she claims she fed her children noodles before leaving Thursday morning; she just cleaned up her apartment Wednesday night, but that the kids are messy.
Watson, who says she gets by on food stamps and social security checks for herself and one of her sons, says she tries to make food stretch, but that her kids never go hungry.
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