A Pennsylvania mother who left her 4-year-old daughter home alone while spending the night at her boyfriend’s house will serve two years probation after pleading guilty today, to child endangerment, according to READING EAGLE.
Nicole V. Oates, 34, of West Reading, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before Berks County Judge Patrick T. Barrett, who sentenced her based on a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors.
According to police:
On May 2nd, a neighbor went to the West Reading police station to voice concerns about Oates leaving her daughter alone at home during the night. She said that on one morning she heard the child crying while saying, “Mommy, can I come out now?”
The neighbor said she heard the child’s cries for roughly 45 minutes until Oates arrived home at 6:45 a.m and had witnessed several similar incidents over the past few months.
The neighbor contacted police again on May 20, saying Oates had left the child alone at home. An officer went to the home but when the officer knocked on the door, no one answered.
An officer was able to call Oates and she returned home. And an officer who accompanied Oates observed that there was a heavy object blocking her daughter’s bedroom door and a child safety cover over the doorknob.
Oates admitted to police that she had left her daughter alone and was at a friend’s house. A Berks County Children and Youth Services worker who later interviewed Oates told police she admitted to leaving the child at home alone several times.
After the arrest, the county said the child was living with grandparents. It was unclear today where the child is living.