A Springfield mother pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court today to three counts of child endangering and one count of possession of drug abuse paraphernalia.
Police say Staci Burns left her daughters — ages 7 and 9 — and their 7-year-old neighbor alone at her home for several hours on Wednesday.
According to a police report, the children came home from school to Burns residence on Mound Street and she told them she was going to buy some cigarettes and would be right back.
She left at 3:30 p.m. and when she hadn't returned by 5:30 p.m. the children became scared and walked to the neighbor's house.
The father of one of the girls came and picked them up and called police about the incident.
Police waited for Burns to come home, which she did at about 6:30 p.m. according to the report.
Officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and later located a crack pipe in her purse.
According to the report, she insisted the children had been left with an adult and began banging her head against a police cruiser window when she was placed under arrest.
The children told police that their mother leaves them home alone by themselves on a regular basis, but she usually returns home within 5 to 10 minutes. On of the girls said, "This time she didn't come home so we got scared."