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LMPD: Mother left children alone for hours in filthy, bug-infested home

Veronica Juarez-Quixan (Source: LMDC) Veronica Juarez-Quixan (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two small children were found alone Sunday morning in a filthy, insect-infested home with nothing to eat or drink except soda, according to Louisville Metro police.

A federal immigration and control agent found the children, ages 3 and 4, inside the home in the 700 block of McCawley Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. They had no adult supervision, police said.

An officer dispatched to the address found a phone number for the children's mother, 29-year-old Veronica Juarez-Quixan. She told the officer a neighbor was supposed to be watching the children. Police said Juarez-Quixan had been at work approximately five hours by the time the children were found.

The arrest report states the children were left with nothing to eat or drink except two baby bottles full of orange soda. The home was filthy and infested with insects throughout, according to police.

The children speak little or no English, and no other family members were located, police said.

Child Protective Services was called. The children were taken into protective custody and transported to the Home of the Innocents.

Police said the condition of the home and the fact that the children were intentionally left alone put them in danger of serious physical harm or death.

Juarez-Quixan is charged with two counts of abandonment of a minor and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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