Baton Rouge mom charged with child neglect after toddler found outside home

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BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33) (FOX 44) — A woman was arrested Friday after police say she left her four minor children at home, unsupervised for hours at a time.

Police say 37-year-old Tamara Johnson told officers she was working two jobs when she knowingly left minor children unattended, without waiting for another adult party. The children range in age from 9 months to 11 years old, according to a police report.

Initially, police were called to the home on Seneca St. regarding a child being locked out of a home. The caller stated that the child was crying and banging on the door and that there were other children in the home unsupervised.

When officers arrived, they say they found a five-year-old outside of the home. Officers followed the child into the home to discover there was no furniture, no food and no refrigerator. The older children were found to be laying on towels in the back room, according to a police report.

The responding officer also said the infant children were wearing soiled diapers and the youngest had severe diaper rash that appeared untreated. The floors of the home were reportedly filthy and littered with trash. The children also told the officer they had not eaten since the day prior, according to the report.

This is not the first time police have responded to a call of unsupervised children at the home. Police records show that a similar complaint was made on May 24, however the wrong address was initially provided and police were unable to complete the investigation.

Johnson is charged with criminal abandonment, cruelty to juveniles and improper supervision of a juvenile along with a couple of traffic violations.

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