Police say children found with 5-year-old "babysitter"
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman is facing several charges after police say she left four children -- one as young as 1-year-old -- at home without adult supervision.
According to an arrest warrant, it happened Sept. 1. That's when police went to the home of 25-year-old Evelyn R. Smith in the 1200 block of Quest Drive, near the intersection of Preston Highway and Gilmore Lane. Inside, they allegedly found the four children, ages 5, 4, 2 and 1.
The 2-year-old was allegedly found naked, with feces smeared on her body.
Police say the 1-year-old was only wearing a diaper, playing with a fork and had a sharp pork chop bone in his mouth.
The children were seen eating cereal off the floor, and when police questioned her, the 5-year-old said she was "babysitting" the other children while the adult was at work.
None of the children could tell the officers the name of their mother, or the names or phone numbers of any other family members.
And police say they discovered another surprise: almost 10 grams of suspected crack cocaine in a shoebox on top of the refrigerator.
Hoping to find information about who was responsible for the children, police began to search the home for some type of identification. They eventually found the children's birth certificates and determined that Evelyn Smith was supposed to be caring for them. They were initially unable to contact her, but eventually they found and arrested her Wednesday afternoon.
She has been charged with four counts of wanton endangerment.
The children were taken to the Home of the Innocents.
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