Miami police on Wednesday charged a woman with two counts of child neglect after she left her 1-year-old daughter and another 5-year-old girl home alone and in harm’s way.
Police said Naquisha Thomas, 24, left the children alone for over an hour in her home at 1810 NW 46th St., which police described as being in “deplorable condition,” with tools and other hazardous materials within the children’s reach.
The two girls were initially found by two Department of Children and Families investigators at about 9:30 a.m., standing in the street without any adult supervision. The investigators realized the girls had just come out of Thomas’s home and called Miami police to help investigate the scene.
Thomas returned to the home over an hour after the investigation began. She claimed that she left the children sleeping and had only been gone five minutes, she also said she was babysitting the 5-year-old.
DCF took into custody the two girls and Thomas’ 5-and 6-year-old sons, who were in school when their mother was arrested.
This is the second time in two years that Thomas has been arrested for child neglect. She was charged last January after she left her three children home alone while she and her boyfriend went to the store. She claimed then that she had only been gone 30 minutes, but a neighbor told police it had been 2 or 3 hours and that she had abandoned the children in the past.
The parents of the 5-year-old girl are being interviewed by DCF to determine if they will be given back custody of their daughter.