Mother charged after son found in church

Patricia McHaney, 28, is charged with felony child abandonment

June 18, 2010 2:36:57 PM PDT
A Liberty County woman who's accused of forcing her eight-year-old to spend several hours alone in a church, is now charged with a crime. We told you last month about the allegations against Patricia McHaney, 28. Police found her son inside Bethel Baptist Church across the street from their home, with a roll of toilet paper and a paint can he used as a toilet.

A relative told us McHaney did it to punish her son. She's now charged with felony child abandonment.

Her three sons are in the custody of family members.