Two one-year-old kids, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old were left home alone. That's why investigators say they've charged two mothers with child abuse.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Juliana Paramo and 25-year-old Tiavonda Norwood, both of Hubert, left their four kids at home Tuesday night at 11:30. Deputies say the women didn't return until 8:00 Wednesday morning.
All children were removed from the residence by the Onslow County Department of Social Services.
DSS Supervision Guidelines
Supervision Guidelines (Revised May 11, 2004)
(These are only guidelines)
These are community standards developed by the Onslow County Community Child Protection Team on June 11, 1996, and have been approved by the Onslow County Department of Social Services Supervisors. Refer to military base orders for base regulations.
Age 0-8thbirthday Children cannot be left alone unsupervised for any amount of time. (See North Carolina Fire Law) This includes being left alone in cars.
Age 8-10 The child may not be left alone for extended periods of time on a regular basis (1-2 hours maximum). If a child is being left for short periods of time, the child cannot have any emotional or medical problems and the child must be comfortable with the situation.
Age 11-15 A child may be left alone for up to several hours if there are not emotional or medical problems and if the child is comfortable with the situation. This does not include overnight stays.
Age 16 + Children of this age may left alone for several days at a time if they are comfortable with the situation and if a notarized Power of Attorney is left with a designated responsible adult.
Age 12-15 Children of this age may baby-sit for children who are at least two years old. This does not include overnight stays
Age 16+ Children of this age or older may baby-sit for infants and older children overnight.
Any children should have emergency telephone numbers and access to a telephone. They should know how to properly use or access emergency services. Children should know their full name, address, and phone number and have a number to locate a parent or designated responsible adult in the event of an emergency. Designated adults should have a notarized written permission or medical Power of Attorney to seek medical treatment for the child if the parents are away and/or inaccessible.
Children should only be left in a safe, non-hazardous environment. Please remember that cars become very hot in the summer months and children should never be left alone in them, even with the windows cracked.
All children are different and their level of maturity and any physical/mental conditions or handicaps should be taken into consideration before they are left alone.