A middle Tennessee mother is facing charges tonight after her daughters were found wandering the street in Clarksville. Thankfully, a soldier coming home from work spotted the girls and called police.
Tonight their father set the record straight.
"It's a pretty busy street, it's Friday night and anything could have happened," the father, who did not wish to be identified, said.
Hundreds of cars travel up and down Tiny Town Road in Clarksville every day. That was the first thing that went through the soldier's mind when he spotted the 5-year-old and 1-year-old girls.
"Both of them were shirtless and they had one shoe between the two of them. And it was pretty cold last night," the good Samaritan said. He asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of his job at Ft. Campbell.
He was on his way home from work at Ft. Campbell when his headlights bounced off of something bright and shiny. It turned out to be the girls' pampers.
"They were talking and they kept waving at me. They were talking fine. And then when police showed up they got scared," the soldier explained.
Officers later figured out they lived at an apartment on Royster Lane where they said the mother, Candace Sellner, was on the computer. She told police she had earphones on and didn't hear the girls leave.
News Channel 4 stopped by the family's home Saturday and spoke with the girls' father.
"So she's a good mom? Oh yes," he told Channel 4.
Their father said it was a terrible mistake and not negligence. He said they have childproof locks on the door, but somehow the 5-year-old was still able to get out.
"We do care about our kids. Otherwise I wouldn't be here right now," the father of two said. The father said they love their kids and are just thankful someone found them.
Despite that, police charged the 32-year-old mother with one count of child abuse and neglect. She is expected to be in court Jan. 23 to answer the charges.
The children are back home with their father tonight. But the Department of Children's Services is investigating. Officers said the apartment smelled of urine and there was trash all over the floor and roaches on the walls.
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