Firefighters Discover Children 10, 6, 2, Home Alone, Mother Left Town for Dinner
SPRING HILL – A woman faces charges of Child Neglect, after leaving her three young children home alone, while she left to enjoy a night out of town.
According to officials, Fire Rescue responded to 10127 Bedford Road on Saturday, after reports of a structure fire at the residence. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered three young children, ages 2, 6, and 10, inside the residence, without a parent or guardian.
After a search of the residence, firefighters determined that one of the children had turned on the oven, which caused a pot to catch fire. There was no damage or injuries as a result of the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office and Department of Children and Families were contacted, due to the lack of adult supervision. During the investigation, deputies learned that the mother, 41-year-old Tarsha Hite, left her children home alone, while she went to Clearwater for a dinner date. After several attempts to contact the mother by phone, Hite finally answered, but refused to return back to the residence, right away.
At the conclusion of her date – 2 ½ hours later – Hite finally returned home, where she was confronted by deputies and DCF. Subsequently, Hite was placed under arrest and charged with 3-counts of Child Neglect. She is currently free on $6,000 Bond.
It’s not known if the children were taken into protective custody or turned over to a family member.
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