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"My dad doesn't live here, and my mom is at work, all the way in Indianapolis," the child told the dispatcher. "So she can't take us because we will get smashed by a truck."
According to an affidavit, VanWormer left the home daily at 4 a.m. and returned at 8 p.m. at night.
Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk says once outside the home, getting to the children was a challenge.
"On that particular day she was working from, you know, 8:00 to 5:30," Schalk said. "I think it's worth noting that, you know, in the affidavit they say how hard it was to get in and get out. For all general purposes...these children were locked inside their house all day."
The 9-year-old caller seems to reveal some sort of custody battle between her parents.
"My mom locked me in because...because my dad is (inaudible) and he wants to take us an (inaudible)," the child told the dispatcher.
Schalk says after breaking into the home through a window, what emergency crews found was pretty disturbing.
"Once they were inside the home, they were able to see numerous hazards including, space heaters that were plugged in," he said.
Prosecutors believe the children are now with a family member. Meanwhile, if convicted, Deborah VanWormer faces six months to three years in prison.
It is not clear why the children weren't in school at the time.