A New Hampshire mother was arrested after police say her three children under the age of 6 walked to their local station house, looking for a ride to school after being left home alone.
Katarina Short, 26, a single mother from Farmington, was charged with child endangerment after leaving her children, ages one, four and five, unattended for about two hours.
The children showed up at the local police department and knocked on the door at around 7.30am Tuesday.
Lt. Jay Drury said the oldest boy dressed his 4-year-old brother and 1-year-old sister in boots and jackets appropriate for the cold weather before heading out.
However, the youngsters’ coats were unzipped, and one of the siblings was wearing boots on the wrong feet.
'We are very proud of him and kind of joked that he's five probably going on fifteen for being able to take care of his siblings the way that he did,’ Drury told WGME. ‘Getting them dress getting their boots on and a jacket and trying to get to school.’
CBS4 obtained surveillance footage recorded by a camera inside the police station lobby showing the three small bundled figures standing outside the front door.
The children were taken inside, where they were offered a hot breakfast and some toys while they awaited their mother.
Paramedics examined the children and gave them an overall clean bill of health.
‘The 1-year-old had some redness on her hands and probably an early onset of frostbite,’ said Police Chief Kevin Willey.
Short arrived at the station an hour later after receiving several voicemails from police.
The 26-year-old mother of three claimed she left the children with a baby sitter so she could pick up some food from a local Store.
Police, however, determined no baby sitter had been called. The three children have been turned over to state officials.
Short was released on $4,000 personal recognizance bail. She is expected to be arraigned March 18, until which time her children will remain in foster care.