JPD officer "surprised" to find 3 children home alone

JPD officer "surprised" to find 3 children home alone

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro police officer said she was "surprised" Friday night when she found three children, all under the age of six, home alone.

Just after 7 p.m., Officer Kaitlyn Newby responded to an undisclosed location regarding a report of children calling 911.

When she arrived, she saw a "young child in the window above the door attempting to make some kind of hand gesture to me," Newby stated in her initial incidence report.

After about three minutes, she heard the door finally to start to unlock and heard a young voice say, "It's open." However, when Newby attempted to open the door, she said the deadbolt was still locked.

A minute later the child unlocked the door and let her in. When Newby stepped inside she found a four-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl.

She asked who was watching them and the boy said his "big brother" and went upstairs to get him.

"I was surprised when he came back down and said his brother is at the top of the stairs," Newby stated in the report. "When I looked up there, it was another young child."

The other boy, later identified as being five years old, quickly told the officer, "You need to leave. No one is supposed to be in the house. We are gonna get whooped if [redacted] finds out you are in our house. Please, leave before [redacted] gets back."

Upon further questioning, the boy told Officer Newby Maurticious Gordon, 24, was supposed to be watching them, but she was at the laundromat.

After waiting approximately 40 minutes for Gordon to return, Newby called the Department of Children and Family Services and spoke with an investigator who said she would be right over.

As she waited for the DCFS agent to arrive, Newby said Gordon showed up and said she had only been gone about 10 minutes.

"I informed her [that] was impossible since I had been there for an extended period of time," Newby said. "She continued to stick with her timeline."

A woman who had been at the laundromat with Gordon stated that "it may have been a little while because they stayed at the laundry mat while the laundry was washing."

By that time the DCFS agent arrived and took the children into her custody.

Newby arrested Gordon on suspicion of first-degree child endangerment and took her to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

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