Toddler left alone for hours; parents face charges

Barnes and Harris

Credit: Wise County Sheriff

Wise County deputies said Tiffany Barnes and Thomas Harris told them they left their home for a doctor's appointment, taking their five-year-old child with them and leaving an 18-month-old sibling alone in a crib.

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by WFAA

WFAA

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

WISE COUNTY, Texas — The Wise County Sheriff's Office said an 18-month-old toddler was left home alone for eight hours on Saturday.

Deputies entered the padlocked rural residence through a window to find the child in a crib in an "extremely hot" locked room with an electric space heater, officials said in a statement.

The child's parents — identified as Tiffany Barnes and Thomas Harris — face charges in the case. Deputies say the couple told them they left their home for a doctor's appointment, taking their five-year-old child with them.

Officials said Barnes and Harris told deputies hey left the toddler behind because he was taking a nap and they didn't want to wake him.

Child Protective Services has taken custody of both children.

Barnes and Harris now face second degree felony warrants for child abandonment; a judge set bond at $10,000 each.

 

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