- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman has been charged with child neglect for leaving five young children home alone.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1iXs58j ) that police say a Springfield 7-year-old knocked on a neighbor’s door around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and said she was left alone with infants. When police arrived, they found four younger children — a 2-year-old and three 1-year-olds.

Officers called the state Department of Human Services and charged a 29-year-old woman with five counts of child neglect.

Police say she told them she just went to a convenience store for milk. It’s unclear how long the children were alone.

A police log says the children stayed with a relative while the woman was in jail. It’s not clear whether they were returned to her custody after she was released on bail.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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