Police said a 3-year-old was found alone at his Clarksville home, with his mother explaining she only planned to be gone for a few hours.
"We're supposed to be the adults," said Officer Jim Knoll of the Clarksville Police Department. "We're supposed to be responsible for the welfare of the children."
Tuesday afternoon, an alarm activated at a Sharpie Drive address in Clarksville. An officer arrived to check for a break-in and found the front door unlocked. Police said a 3-year-old boy was inside.
"There was no one in the house," said Knoll. "He asked the child, 'Is anyone here?' He said, 'Mom's at work.'"
Police identified the child's mother as soldier Raven Fitzgerald who went to physical training, leaving her child at home alone with several hazards.
"What the officer saw inside the house is that windows were open," said Knoll. "There were screens on the windows, but there was a stool he kept wanting to get up on to the point the officer closed the window."
Driving home to meet with police, Fitzgerald was pulled over and given a warning for speeding. When she arrived at her address, police said she explained why she left the child to the officer.
"She was pretty matter-of-fact about it, saying, 'I figured I was only going to be gone a couple hours,'" said Knoll.
Fitzgerald is charged with child abuse and neglect. We did catch up with Fitzgerald at her home Wednesday, but she declined to comment on her charges.