Monday, March 22, 2010
An Augusta mother has been charged with leaving her child at home alone while she went to work.
Jamira Williams, 23, of Augusta, is accused of going to work on Sunday afternoon and leaving her 7-year-old daughter at home without supervision, according to a sheriff's report. Someone alerted authorities about the girl, and a responding deputy went to the home on Abba Drive and found the child alone.
Dispatchers called the mother at work, and she said she was on her way home. While the deputy waited, he talked to a neighbor, who said the girl was left at home alone "on several occasions while the suspect goes to work," a report states.
When the mother got home, the deputy went to his patrol car. When he returned to the apartment, he heard the mother yelling at the 7 year old and "threatening her with a beating," a report states.
The officer called the Department of Children Services, and a social worker said the child could not remain in the home. The woman's neighbor agreed to take temporary custody of the girl, and Ms. Williams was arrested and taken to jail on a charge of contributing to the deprivation of a minor.