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Deputies: Oak Hill woman left toddlers alone in trailer with dogs, shotgun

A Volusia County woman is accused of leaving her two young children home alone with a shotgun and ammunition within arm's reach. She's been charged with two counts of child neglect with no harm. She was released on a $5,000 bail.

All that could be heard on the other end was more babble and a dog howling in the background.

The 911 dispatcher for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office did her best asking the child if there was an emergency, but the little girl's responses were not understandable.

When the 26-year-old talked to police, she said that she had just gone to pick up some food and was only gone "five minutes", the police report stated, a claim that deputies did not believe, considering they were at the home for quite some time.

Deputies said a 3-year-old girl in the Oak Hill home, even though she couldn't speak clearly to the dispatcher, was able to call 911 for help. The children's diapers were described as "severely soiled", a report detailed.

Deputies said there was an unsecured shotgun and ammunition within the children's reach, the residence was unkempt with dog feces on the floor and there was barely any food in the fridge.

A deputy found Tirado around 9:30 a.m.in another section of the mobile home park coming out of Benjamin Hart's home.

Tirado initially lied to deputies saying she had sent a text to a neighbor to check on the children and that she had come to the home around 8:50 a.m.to see the children but found them sleeping so she went for coffee, deputies said.

The deputy told her he had been to the home and that's when Tirado said she wasn't being truthful, according to the report. Records show the investigator tracked down the manager of the mobile home park to let them inside to get the children.

The children were turned over to their father.



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