Couple leave three toddlers home alone while they're getting married
POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 7:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Florida couple has been charged Tuesday with leaving their children home alone during their wedding.
Authorities with the Casselberry Police Department said they were called to a mobile home Tuesday afternoon when neighbors said they found three toddlers inside alone while their parents were at the courthouse getting married.
Investigators said Kymberly Frederick and Daniel Richards went to get married without arranging for care for their three youngest children.
"They left a 1-, 2- and I believe 3-year-old home alone without any adult supervision while they went to get married," Casselberry Police Department Sgt. Jim Goodman said.
The police report indicated the couple called a neighbor after they left and asked her to look out for two elementary-aged children who would be coming home from school.
When the neighbor asked where the three youngest children were, Daniel Richards allegedly told her the kids were by themselves and sleeping.
"If they were gone for five minutes and a child woke up, there are so many hazards in the home that could hurt or even kill a child," Goodman said.
It's unclear exactly how long the couple was gone. Police estimated it was a little over an hour.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the couple struggles financially but is doing their best.
The two oldest children are 6 and 8 years old.