Man charged after allegedly leaving children alone

Bryan Shaffer (Photo provided by the Newport News Police Department)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A man is facing child neglect charges after allegedly leaving his two children alone at home.

According to the Newport News Police Department, officers were called to the 600 block of Daniel Drive around 4 a.m. Sunday. When police arrived, the talked to the grandparents of the children, who said a four-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl were left alone by their father.

The grandparents said the father, 26-year-old Bryan Shaffer, was in charge of the children starting around 10 p.m., but when they returned home around 2 a.m., he was not there.

When Shaffer came home, police said he was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect.

The children were unharmed and sleeping when the grandparents arrived, police said.

Child Protective Services was notified.

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