Augusta woman arrested after leaving 3 children home alone

Augusta woman arrested after leaving 3 children home alone

LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A Richmond County mom is behind bars after police say she left her three children home alone while she was at work.

Jameka Bennett was arrested Sunday after police found her three children alone in her apartment on Blum Road.

Deputies were called to the apartment around 3 p.m. after an anonymous caller told deputies the children were home alone, and they were possibly playing with fire or smoking. When deputies arrived at the apartment, the oldest child, a ten year old boy, told deputies Bennett was at work.

The child told deputies his sister had woken him up because their two-year-old brother had started a fire. The ten year old was able to put out the fire.

Deputies contacted Bennett, and she told them someone was supposed to be watching her children. The neighbor who was supposed to be babysitting lived three buildings away from the Bennett's apartment.

Bennett has been charged with deprivation of a minor.

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