Mom accused of leaving five young children home alone

August 5, 2011 10:34:26 AM PDT
A Houston mother is facing charges after she allegedly went out on a date, leaving five children under the age of nine home alone.

Dora Rodriguez, 24, faces a felony charge of abandoning a child after an incident on July 10. According to court documents, Rodriguez allegedly left her five children, ages 1, 2, 4, 8 and 9 home alone from 9:00pm until 2:00am.

The older children told police their mother was "all dressed up" and went out with her boyfriend. They said that their mother told them to "take care of the babies" and that her boyfriend would pay them for babysitting when they returned.

A concerned neighbor became aware the children had no adult supervision, and contacted another family member. Court documents state that they contacted Rodriguez and urged her to come home, but she did not.

Initially, Rodriguez allegedly told police she left the children with a neighbor while she went out to get pain medication for a friend. But after police interviewed the neighbor who refuted that story, Rodriguez reportedly confessed to leaving the children alone.

Bond has been set at $2,000 in the case.

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