PD: Mom left kids locked in bedroom alone

Leslie Chavez Martin, photo courtesy Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Police have charged a mom with child neglect after two children were found alone in their home Friday.

Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com an officer spotted a woman he knew was wanted out of York County. When he approached her, he confirmed her identity and also found out her two sons were alone at her home.

The woman, identified as Leslie Danielle Chavez Martin, 25, of Newport News went with the officer to her home, where the children, ages 2 and 3, were found. Thurston said the children were locked in their bedroom without adult supervision.

Martin was charged with two counts of felony child neglect and was also arrested on the York County charge of misdemeanor assault and battery.

Child Protective Services was notified and the children were placed in the custody of a family member.

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