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No charges after Shelbyville moms left kids home alone to visit bar

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A lapse in judgment will not lead to charges for the mothers who left their kids home alone while they went out to a Shelbyville bar.

Detectives say this case is tough, and it was a serious lapse in judgment. But, right now, the mothers didn't quite break the law.

A concerned father worried his ex-wife will find a way to pay him back was worried enough to hide his name and face for this report, but not enough to stay silent.

"It shocked me that she would even do something like that, because I thought she had better judgment than that. But it raised the question to me. How many times has she done this before?" the man said.

The father's ex-wife is one of three women who left seven children, ages 4 months to 9 years old, home alone in a Shelbyville apartment while they visited the Pop-A-Top.

"I think that the mothers should've lost custody of their kids. I think that the fathers should've gained full custody," the man said.

Shelbyville officers found the children around 1 a.m. and took them to the police station.

A week and a half later, the women have their children back and will not face charges.

For one father, it is an injustice.

"I just, I don't see how they could just give her a slap on the wrist for this," he said. "Why should she get the privilege of being able to go out and leave the kids behind? If it would've been me, I would be under the jail."

Police didn't charge the three women because they didn't break the law. Child endangerment laws in Tennessee don't say anything about leaving children home alone. And child abuse and child neglect? Those don't apply either. None of the children was hurt.

"I consider it to be neglect and abandonment. DCS does not see it that way. They said their definition of abandonment was with an intent not to return," the father said.

The state stepped in and sent the children to their fathers for a week. But now, it's essentially back to normal.

Two of the mothers will face a related charge. Detectives said Aelisa Stacy and Scottie White lied to them about what happened and said they left their kids with a grown-up.

That's why each faces a charge of filing a false police report.

Moving forward, all three mothers will have to work with a DCS caseworker on a parenting plan.

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