- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say police officers serving an immigration warrant at a New Jersey apartment found three young children who had been left home alone in “unclean” conditions.

Hackettstown officers went to the residence around 8 a.m. Wednesday and knocked on the door. They say a 6-year-old girl answered, and officers soon determined she and her sisters - a 3-year-old and a 9-month old - were by themselves.

Law enforcement agents outside the building soon saw the girls’ parents approach, but the couple allegedly ran off when they spotted the officers. They were caught, though, and are each charged with three counts of child neglect.

Authorities say the parents told them they left the children alone while they went to work overnight. The girls were turned over to child welfare officials.

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