DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police, responding to a shooting on the city's west side, were heartbroken to find three little girls hungry and home alone.
Police say their mother left them home alone so that she could take her boyfriend to the hospital after he had been shot in the hand.
The family drama unfolded Thursday afternoon in a home on the 15000 block of Ardmore.
Sources say it began when the woman's two teenage sons got into an argument with her boyfriend over who was more important to the family when one of the teens allegedly shot him. Both teenagers ran from the house after the shooting.
It's believed that a small caliber rifle was used, but police have no located the firearm.
It's unclear who called 911, but when officers arrived at the home they found the three girls, ages 1, 4 and 5, hungry and living in conditions described as "deplorable."
We're told there was no food in the house, but officers made arrangements to have food brought to them.
As police were investigating, the children's mother returned to the house.
Child Protective Services is now involved. And while officers removed the children for their safety, they're expected to be placed with relatives pending the outcome of a temporary custody hearing that could take place Friday.
The mother was taken into custody and could face charges including child endangerment.
The search continues for her teenage sons.