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Oct 3, 2013 9:11 AM

Mom Arrested After Police Find 5 Kids Home Alone

BROWNSVILLE - A 23-year-old mother of five has been arrested and charged with five counts of child abandonment or endangerment after authorities found her children home alone.

The Brownsville Herald reports the woman, Janerit Velez, told police she left for about an hour Tuesday night to get something to eat.

Police spokesman J.J. Trevino says officers arrived about 11:30 p.m. and found the kids ranging in age from 2 to 8.

Velez arrived about an hour later and was arrested.

A neighbor who called police said the woman had left home about 9 p.m.

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