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Upper Darby Police Say Woman Left Her Kids Alone Twice in One Week

(Christina Staley.  Photo from Upper Darby PD)

(Christina Staley. Photo from Upper Darby PD)

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By Molly Daly

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — An Upper Darby woman has been charged with child endangerment after police say she left her young children unattended for the second time in less than a week.

Upper Darby police superintendant Michael Chitwood says police got a call about 4pm Sunday afternoon that a child was running naked in the 7000 block of Clover Lane.

When officers got there, they didn’t see the child, but neighbors showed them the house she’d gone into.

Chitwood says a six-year-old answered the door.

“And when they looked inside, they saw a small child who turned out to be a two-year-old in the house with no clothes, and her nose was running and she appeared to be shivering,” Chitwood tells KYW Newsradio.  He says there was also a three-year-old in the house.

Just then, according to police, an eight-year-old arrived who said he didn’t know where their mother was.

Police called her cell phone, and told her to come home, where she was arrested.

Chitwood says that less than a week ago the two youngest kids were found in a stroller in a Salvation Army thrift store parking lot.

“(We have) zero tolerance for those types of things in Upper Darby,” Chitwood said today.

Christina Staley, 32, was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  The little girl and her three brothers are staying with their grandfather.

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