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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville mother has been arrested after police say she left several children alone in dangerous conditions.
According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on March 13, at the home of 34-year-old Cubwa Bahati, on S. 4th Street, near the intersection of Southside Drive and W. Tenny Avenue, when Louisville Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a fire at that location.
Police say that three children, ages 2, 4, and 7, had been left alone at the home. While there, they allegedly started the fire, using a lighter that had been found in the 7-year-old's possession. The fire severely damaged a mattress that was in the back yard. Arson investigators then contacted police.
When police arrived, they allegedly discovered that all power to the home had been cut off, there was no food, there was an "unsanitary smell" around the house, and an animal's carcass was found just outside the back door. Police say they also discovered a sharp knife on the floor, and a gallon of milk that had spoiled to the point that there were "large curdled chunks" inside the container.
At one point, police say a fourth child, age 13, showed up, poured the spoiled milk into a baby bottle and tried to give it to the 2-year-old, but police were able to stop her.
A short time later, a 9-year-old was dropped off at the home. Police say that child would also have been unsupervised, except for the limited care that the 13-year-old -- who claimed she was in charge of the family -- could provide.
Officers say they had the 13-year-old call her oldest sister -- who is 17 -- but the sister said she was at work, and wouldn't be able to care for the children until she got home after midnight.
Police say court records revealed that the 2-year-old is the child of the 17-year-old. The rest of the children belonged to Bahati.
A warrant was issued for Bahati's arrest on May 13. She was taken into custody on Sunday morning and charged with multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. All were misdemeanor counts.