Mother charged after children walk to police station looking for ride

7:28 PM, Mar 6, 2014   |    comments
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FARMINGTON, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- A 26-year old New Hampshire woman has been charged with child endangerment after allegedly leaving her three young children home alone Tuesday morning. 

The children, ranging in age from five to one year old, walked several hundred yards from their home on Main Street in Farmington to the police department, asking for a ride to pre-school.  

The five-year-old dressed himself and his siblings in warm clothing to walk outside. He told police he last saw his mother on Monday night. He said he could not find her when he woke up Tuesday morning.

The mother, identified as Katarina Short, arrived at the police station an hour after the children did. She told police she left them with a babysitter. However, police said no one was watching the children.

Short was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of unsworn falsification.

She is out on a $4 thousand bond and is allowed supervised visits with her children, who are now in foster care. She is due back in court in Rochester, New Hampshire on March 18.

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