Police went to a man's residence on Wednesday to notify him of a court appearance but ended up charging him with child neglect.
Officers went to an apartment on University Court to notify Stephen L. Bonner, 24, that he was scheduled to appear in court.
When police arrived, officers said the front door was open and the screen door closed. They saw two 4-year-olds standing on the stairs looking down at them when they knocked on the door.
When police asked if there was anyone else at the home, the children said their sister, a 1-year-old baby, was in her crib. Police said they could hear the child crying and found no adults at the home.
One of the 4-year-olds told police she was hungry and asked that they feed her and give her something to drink.
All three kids were given food and drink by officers.
Police said as they were calling the Department of Children's Services, the children's mother arrived and said that Bonner was supposed to be watching the kids, and she did not know his whereabouts.
The mother called Bonner and was able to get him to return to the apartment.
Bonner said that he went to the store and knew there was no one to watch the children. He was taken into custody and faces three counts of child neglect.
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