Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

April 7, 2013

Detroit mother charged after 2 children left alone

DETROIT (AP) — A woman faces child abuse charges after leaving her two children alone in a Detroit home that was broken into, prosecutors said Saturday.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced that Deedra Pitts had been charged with two counts of fourth-degree child abuse.

Prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Maria Miller said she did not believe Pitts had retained a lawyer.

A 10-year-old boy left home alone with his 10-month-old sister fled with her to safety before dawn on Thursday after someone broke into their house.

The boy dialed 911 and fled to a neighbor’s home on the city’s west side.

No injuries were reported, and the children were taken to a police precinct and later released to their father.

Pitts returned home at 9 a.m., authorities said.

Next-door neighbor Marrieo Fox said Pitts was frantic to find her children missing and the house torn up.

“She came back ... not knowing nothing, like, ‘Where’s my kids?’” Fox said. “Oh, I couldn’t even imagine.”

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