Conway woman jailed after three young children found alone while she was at hospital

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 19, 2013 

Sabrina Danielle Smith

— Conway police charged a 23-year-old woman in connection with her young children being found home alone while she was treated at a local emergency room for being “highly intoxicated,” according to a police report.

Sabrina Danielle Smith, 23, of Conway was charged with unlawful neglect of a child and was being held at 8 a.m. Tuesday on $30,000 bond at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to jail records. Smith was booked into the jail at 3:25 a.m. Saturday.

Conway police officers were called at 11:55 p.m. Friday after a neighbor discovered the three children, who are under the age of 2, were home alone at 2312 Duckett St., according to the report. The grandmother of one of the children told police a neighbor had called her to say the children were home alone.

The grandmother said she drove from North Carolina to make sure her grandson was cared for and she did not know where the mother, Smith, was located, according to the report. The neighbor said the children had been alone for about three hours and the gas in the apartment had been turned on.

The grandmother said the apartment was messy and smelled of gas when she went inside to retrieve items for her grandson, according to the report. Officers learned EMS had taken Smith to Conway Medical Center for severe stomach pains earlier in the day.

Doctors told police that they were unaware the children were left alone and Smith was “highly intoxicated” from cocaine, alcohol and marijuana, according to the report. Officials with the state Department of Social Services were notified and the children were released to the custody of their grandparents.

When doctors cleared Smith she was taken into custody and arrested.

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