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Mom arrested after 4 children left alone

Jan 14, 2011 7:11:00 AM - thestate.com
ROCK HILL -- A Rock Hill mother was arrested after police discovered she left her four young children home alone.

Joni Nicole Talford, 25, of 231 Lister Street was charged with four counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. She was booked this morning on a $12,000 bond, said Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn.

The children's grandmother called police Wednesday morning after she received a call from Talford that the children were alone. Officers spoke with the oldest child, who said this wasn't the first time his mom left them alone and that she often leaves them on the weekends for up to 10 hours, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The children were ages 1, 3, 7 and 9.

The Department of Social Services was contacted and the children were released to their grandmother.

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