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Mother Charged After Leaving Kids Home Alone for Hours
SPRINGFIELD -- A mother of two is facing three counts of endangering children after police say her two kids and one of their friends were left home for hours alone.
According to Springfield Police, Staci E. Burns, 36, left the house at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and told the children she was going to the store for a pack of cigarettes and would be right back. The children later told police they had become scared after two hours when Burns didn't return, so the three children walked to the friend's house, which is nearby.
Police were waiting for Burns to return home, which she did, about three hours after leaving.
She told police she was visiting a friend.
Officers say they could smell a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and her eyes appeared to be glassy in appearance.
Burns told police she had left the children with one of her children's fathers and had done nothing wrong.
She was arrested and placed into a patrol car, where "she began yelling, screaming and banging her head against the window."
Police say they found a crack pipe on Burns during the inventory at the Clark County Jail. In addition to three counts of endangering children, Burns also faces possession of drug paraphernalia.
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