Portsmouth mom arrested for child neglect

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Posted on April 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:08 PM

PORTSMOUTH --A woman is charged with child neglect after police say her two toddlers were home alone Wednesday night.

A neighbor called investigators to the home in the 1100 block of Virginia Avenue after hearing two little boys crying around 8:00 p.m.

Video: Portsmouth mother charged with leaving children home alone

A short time later, police located and arrested 24-year-old Jalisa Birden on two counts of abuse and neglect of children.

Police say the toddlers, ages one and two, were placed in protective custody and are now with a family member.

A police summary filed in court says the toddlers "ransacked the home" and were dirty when discovered by police.

Birden showed up 30 minutes after police and said she was at a family member's home while her kids slept, according to the summary.

Birden bonded out of jail shortly after her arrest and is slated to be arraigned on April 30.

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