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LMPD: Mother of 5 leaves children alone; fire starts in backyard

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Cubwa Bahati (Source: LMDC) Cubwa Bahati (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A fire started in a back yard leads to the arrest of a mother for endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police were called to a home on May 13 after the fire department responded to a backyard fire in the 4900 block of 4th Street. According to the arrest slip, officers found three children, 2, 4 and 7, without adult supervision. They started a fire with a lighter the 7-year-old had. A mattress in the yard was completely scorched.

During further investigation, police discovered the home had no electricity, no food, unsanitary conditions and an animal carcass outside the back door. They found a sharp knife in the middle of the floor. A spoiled gallon of milk was found with large, curdled chunks inside the container.

While police were at the scene, a 13-year-old child arrived who was left to watch the children. That child poured the spoiled milk into a bottle and gave it to the 2-year-old. An officer was able to intercept the bottle before the baby could drink the milk.

A short time later, someone dropped off a 9-year-old. The 13-year-old called their oldest sister, a 17-year-old who said she was at work until after midnight. The 17-year-old is the mother of the 2-year-old baby.

Five children, 17, 13, 9, 7 and 4, belong to Cubwa Bahati, 34. A neighbor said the children had asked to use the phone the night before around 11:30 and attempted to contact their mother.

Bahati was arrested on June 1 and is being charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

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