POLICE: Mom locked kids outside during severe weather
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Police say a Louisville mother left two infants locked outside in the rain during severe weather, while she slept safely in her home.
23-year-old Ashley White was arrested Monday afternoon.
Police say they were called to White's home in the 1200 block of Central Ave., north of Taylor Blvd. Earlier in the day, concerned citizens allegedly found two little girls -- ages 1 and 3 -- locked outside the home close to an "extremely high-traffic street." It was raining at the time, and police say the area was facing severe weather.
Police say the concerned citizens knocked on the door of the home several times, but got no answer. At that point, they took the children to their home. That's when police were called.
"They were filthy, hungry and very scared," said LMPD spokeswoman Carey Klain. "We're just fortunate we have neighbors who were paying attention and were able to assist and help these children to safety."
When they arrived, police were able to make contact with White -- the mother of at least one of the children -- who was inside the home. She allegedly told officers that she had been asleep, and that she believed the children were inside the whole time. Upon further investigation, police say she admitted to the officers that she is addicted to Opana, and that she, "needs help."
White's actions placed the children in, "extreme danger," according to an arrest report, and Child Protective Services was notified. The children were taken to the Home of the Innocents.
White has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.