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Mother Arrested After 4-Year-Old Calls 911 Complaining of Hunger, Police Say

A 4-year-old boy was found alone inside a home on Frank Haskell Court on Wednesday. (Screenshot, Mapquest.)
A 4-year-old boy was found alone inside a home on Frank Haskell Court on Wednesday. (Screenshot, Mapquest.)

Editor's Note: The suspect's identity was withheld from this story to protect the victim's identity.  

A Bristow woman was arrested Wednesday after police say her 4-year-old called 911 complaining of hunger. 

The 43-year-old mother was arrested and charged with felony child neglect, authorities said. 

Police found the 4-year-old boy at 8:34 a.m. alone in a home on Frank Haskell Court in an affluent Bristow neighborhood off Route 28, Prince William County Police reports show. 

The suspect eventually returned home from running errands and, following an investigation, was arrested.  It is not clear how long she was gone from the residence, police said. 

She was released on her own recognizance from the Prince William County Detention Center in Manassas. 

The boy is now in the custody of family members. 

Regina W January 27, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Bree-Zee, if you believed that babies were being killed because their parents weren't ready to be parents, would you allow this and "NOT JUDGE" or would you try to save the babies? This is how pro-life views abortion: A baby is being killed. Just view any sonogram, it is a baby, a human being!
Sheriffchris January 27, 2014 at 01:41 PM
J.Waite What you are Mr. Waite is a cowardly bully who hides behind his key board and bullies and harasses those who may hold a different opinion. You are the purveyor of senseless tripe, who has to brag upon his degrees as if anyone here really cares, to justify your very own existence. You are a sad example of a man who takes satisfaction bulling folks particularly women.
A. Dalton January 27, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Reading these comments is just unbelievable. Anonymity on the internet has bred ill-mannered monsters as evidenced by J.Waite. I am definitely pro-life and not even remotely ashamed of it - all of my friends are pro-life as well and so is my family. The reason I mention this is because I have never once in my entire life ever seen any friend of mine or family speak to their worst enemy the way J.Waite has been speaking to Regina W and to those who oppose abortion. Yet we are the ones who "force" our opinions and beliefs on others? There is no intelligent dialogue, no thoughtful debate, and absolutely no respect whatsoever for differing opinions - there's only hatred, bile, bigotry and a huge helping of ignorance being spewed out here. The hypocrisy on display here is staggering. J.Waite blasts "christians" and "bible thumpers" for judging others, yet seems to have no problem with the judgment when it comes to pro-lifers. And, not surprisingly, when you speak to people in such a hateful and disrespectful way you end up saying far more about yourself than you do about the person you're speaking to. I'd be willing to bet that despite her vehement protests on here, J.Waite is a very lonely, insecure and bitter person with few friends.
Robert January 27, 2014 at 02:17 PM
All of you need to get off your personal highs or whatever mood drugs your on: This story was about a mom leaving a 4 yr old alone at home (unknown how long) which is against the law in any state & the kid was hungry which means she either didn't feed him or he had no idea where to find food to eat, which could have been a bigger disaster if he watched mom cook & try to cook his food. She could have come home to a burned out house, the charged with child neglect and contributing to the death of her child...
Tonya Kelly January 27, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Seriously, how did abortion get into the conversation...I agree Robert that this was about the neglect of a 4yr old child...I see everyday how people protest and want to protect the unborn but seriously where are those people when we have children in the here and now being abused and going hungry??? I am not pro abortion but I am pro freedom of choice that no person including a man or another woman should tell another woman what to do with their bodies..and as being that we live in America the last time I checked that is the way it should be
toni marino January 27, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Just wondering .. regina are you a product of rape ? or did you get raped at some point and a child was a result ? … Its real simple keep your legs and mouth shut you will get through life .. cause seriously when you open both you will not being doing america justice !
Regina W January 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Wow, you pro-choice people are probably some of the most vile and vicious commenters I have ever encountered. Interesting how you are all so quick to judge the original story (which has been nearly forgotten) about the woman who left her child, and yet when it comes to abortion, suddenly it's "stop judging"
Fran January 27, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Tony Marino, I hope that you never have some one you love, ever have to go through a traumatic experience, as rape...and are asked the same questions you asked Regina. Do you have to be so cold and offensive,( to say the least) because you have a difference of opinion? You are come across as nasty and ignorant. You show it, by asking such questions and making such comments that you must think are slick. Regina made a point that many babies are killed, when they are well passed the point they would be considered a premature baby if born. Pulling the fetus apart, one leg at a time, one arm at a time..Sticking a scissor in the back of its skull to end its life, is what is done in a "partial birth" abortion. How can that not be an act of murder? What is the difference if the baby is in the womb or has been born, killing it with a scissor is murder...and it is legal. I am not ashamed of my opinion and I know it isn't worth arguing with people that see nothing wrong with killing a breathing thing...There are countless women who have had abortions, and deal with a lifetime of regret and depression over it, for years later, and then there are other women who use it as their birth control. You are entitled to your opinion, as we pro lifers are, and there is no need to bash eachother about it, it doesn't accomplish anything. Many people have not come to the reality of what really happens during an abortion, and until you humbly do research about it, you will continue to think it is just fine. Shame on this society that has accepted it as ok and "in my opinion", has happened because of our selfishness, we choose to lose are human decency to avoid an inconvenience....and we call ourselves civilized! People that feel they have to attack pro lifers, are telling a lot about themselves without saying anything at all.
Regina W January 27, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Fran, your post is passionate yet well-thought out. It is a mystery beyond comprehension that pro-choice stance ALWAYS refuses to even address the issue of the abortion procedure and what it entails, what actually happens:the death of a baby, perhaps, the beginning of sadness for the Mother. Why do they ignore any commentary regarding the unborn baby? Because then they may have to re-evaluate their belief and that is too hard.
Fran January 27, 2014 at 10:19 PM
I think a lot of people don't really know the details of the procedures or the actual extent of the baby's development at different stages of pregnancy and if they did, would change their minds about terminating. I still fell, women are kept in the dark about what it and about the risks of abortion. Some may think, since we have come a long way in the medical world, that there are no risks. Not true. There are people out there, against abortion that are not religious. There were a lot of assumptions made by the commenters, that only religious people are against abortion but that also is not true. It seems like people are so angry these days, maybe because life has become so stressful. Anytime there is an opportunity to vent out anger, It doesn't take much to get hammered by some one for something about yourself, whether it be what you believe, what you look like, what you like. I too don't know how the topic of abortion came from the above story, though I had to chirp in. The article about the mom leaving the child home...is just awful. There is no justification for it, no matter how long she left the child for. It is unknown how much the father of the child (if he is alive or around) really even knows the situation. To assume he is irresponsible also, is not fair, and but irresponsible itself. There are parents in family court, that are worried about the custodial parent's care, and the judge doesn't take it seriously. I am so proud of that kid for dialing 911. I just hope the family members the boy is with now, are more responsible than the mother. The mother needs to be supervised and CPS needs to find out what was going on her life that led this to happen, so it never happens again, if she is given the child back. A lot of factors go into causing people to make poor choices....I am not convinced that in this case, jail is the answer to helping her be a better mother and wiser person. When you read stories like this, you wonder if anyone ever noticed something wrong? Like that the girls that were held hostage by that guy for so many years and they finally got free....you wonder didn't the neighbors see anything? We all need to be alert and care about eachother a little bit more....get out of our little worlds and give a damb.
Regina W January 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM
So true. It's the easy to support abortion because all you have to chant is the dusty old phrase "mind your own business." Standing up for the defense of life takes courage and can be exhausting because it's like swimming against the tide. You get called: right-winger, religious fanatic, woman hater, out of touch, irrational, bible thumper. But all it takes is one nurse to tell her experience of seeing an aborted baby come out still moving and being ordered to put it in a bucket with a lid then checking to see if it finally stopped moving.
Andrew W January 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Support the baby until it's born, then it's on it's own seems to be a common pro-life theme. I have trouble supporting people who are pro-life sometimes because they are so judgmental in other ways. For example, I sat through a mass where my bigoted preacher toted the value of protecting babies and then went on a tirade against people who were different than us. WTF??? What if the baby you protect happens to be gay? Oh the humanity!!!
Fran January 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Andrew, Please forgive me, but it sounds like you are clumping people together... anyone that feels abortion is murder, doesn't believe in programs to help women who decide to have the baby??? I don't think that is fair or realistic, but I imagine there are some who do. I understand your being turned off by what you feel is hypocracy, especially from some one in a position of preacher, but unfortunately it is all around us. I don't like it either. We look up to people in positions as such and sometimes they just don't live up to our unrealistic idea that they should be perfect. But the truth is, that people will always let us down, no matter how powerful they are, how much they love us, or we love them...whatever the case may be...I don't know the details of the sermon, I wasn't there, but I do know that that we are to love one another, no matter if we are different. I don't have to agree with it (whatever the "it" is), but I could will make the choice of showing nothing but love and respect for you and be your neighbor if you were in need. One does not have anything to do with the other. I see the person, not the fact you may look different, believe differently, live differently. It may be, that some pro-lifers have certain beliefs about what is right and wrong and what their faith says about it and because they are so passionate about it, may seem like they are self righteous. Maybe with some, that is so, but others not. I have my own beliefs and set of values that I try to live by, but I would never bash some one else or disrespect them, because they don't agree with me or choose to live or do things differently than I. We have to look past our differences and stop allowing them to divide us. Yes, there are differences and there always have been and always will be, but we need to find the similarities, and make the priority, learning to live together in harmony. Why do we fight eachother? To prove one is right and one is wrong or one is better than the other? Who cares, it isn't a competition. It isn't about one group being better or right....we need to stop the insanity and put our false notions aside, that keep us being better individuals and better examples to our children. Let's get back to humanity first, opening out hearts and minds to others that need help....with anything...who cares what political party they belong to or the color of their skin, or what lifestyle they choose...Getting back to the original story...I wonder how long that situation had been going on before that 911 call. If each and every one of us, took an extra moment to be aware of others around us, maybe a situation like that, would not have been allowed to continue or even happen. We get up every morning, live in our own worlds with our own problems, and sometimes are unaware of things happening just a little ways away..... if we just take the time to give the old lady in the food store some help reaching up to get the can of soup or chit chat with the old man on the bench at the bus stop or say some words of encouragement to the kid down the block....the world would be a better place. Lets love and not be haters!
Regina W January 27, 2014 at 11:50 PM
..then it's on it's own.." What do you base that attack on? As far as your preacher, at my church our Pastor preaches love, repentance and forgiveness. I never heard anything less at any Mass and I go to Mass nearly every day.
Andrew W January 28, 2014 at 12:58 AM
I base this off things I see way too much of in the church community I go to. I didn't mean to lump people together-I apologize for that. Fran-you seem very reasonable and tolerant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts
Regina W January 28, 2014 at 08:06 AM
I can see it would be frustrating to go to a church that preaches anything but love one another as I have loved you.
kathy brown January 28, 2014 at 05:10 PM
What the heck does this story of a child left alone at age 4 have to do with abortion?? We should be more concerned with the children that are not cared for, not fed, left alone. These children need to be taken away from these mothers. I agree, where is the father in all this. Concentrate on the story not your pet peeves. This is happening more and more. Gov cuts programs that help people in need. You want to rant about a pet peeve?? Take that on.
kathy brown January 28, 2014 at 05:35 PM
i just read this article again, and last line says child is with family members. I wonder where they have been all along, that this mother felt she had to leave this child alone. Makes you wonder about people, doesn't it ??
Regina W January 28, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Taking a stand against abortion is not a "Pet Peeve" it is a cause that you believe in because life is precious at all stages. I agree that somehow the orig story got sidetracked. I know abortion pushes a lot of buttons, always will.
Lucitee January 28, 2014 at 07:48 PM
How sad to read posts with such vitriolic hate, and judgmental comments! I am Pro-Life and so is my family! From the time the wiggly tadpole and egg "get married" a life begins! The most incredible miracle ever performed takes place! To watch that image grow from a twinkling light like a firefly's fanny to an amazing and precious mini-person, part of your life, is humbling and trulyamazing! The strangest thing to ME about the progressives jumping all over Pro-Lifers who are "DEAD SET" against abortions! I don't rant and rave at THEM so why are THEY always so mad at US? I try to leave the "judging to God! I am so humbly grateful for the forgiveness for MY SINS, if I pointed out someone else's God could "re-call" MY forgiveness! What REALLY is shocking to ME"? The Progressives and Feminist "Pro-abortionists", like ALL of us, if someone snuffs out the life of a LIVING child they'll do everything they can DO to put that person in Prison! Hopefully, for a LONG time! And SHOULD! Yet, someone who takes the life of a precious "not-yet-born" but LIVING child, our GOVERNMENT FINANCES IT! Would someone explain to me why ONE killer gets sent to Prison and another killer gets funded? I'm NOT judging, (since God has not abdicated his POWER of Judgment we ALL will face it), I'm just asking!
Kathi Leach Szymczak January 28, 2014 at 07:49 PM
I don't know about y'all but I just took my 4 year old with me when I ran errands...
Viola Porter January 29, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Well, remember a few years ago about the 5 years old who was talking care of a baby, who has not eaten in a week or so, mother, was gone for long time. The boy put the baby in the microwave and cook it and ate most of it.
Angie Pineda January 29, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Andrew W...And so what if the baby you protect is gay...so what. As for some of the rest of you commenting here, try to remember this story is about a 4 year old little boy who called 911 because he was hungry and his idiot mother left him home alone. It is NOT about abortion.
Angie Pineda January 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Let's all just pray that the "family members" take good care of this child. I for one will pray that this woman "never" gets this precious child back.
trisha January 30, 2014 at 08:43 AM
My sister used to lock her 2 sleeping boys in the house while she went to pick her daughter up from school. She and her husband also used to lock them in their bedrooms with a latch hook lock at night to keep them in their rooms. SH!T parents.
Nancy January 30, 2014 at 08:22 PM
I feel really bad for the child, apparently he was hungry, for what ever reason. I know hunger, I experienced it as a kid myself. I also want to add, the child was very smart. God Bless All The Little Ones!
Eric Graff January 31, 2014 at 06:09 AM
NEVER teach little ones to dial 911 I guess is the message here
nnika cromwell January 31, 2014 at 07:19 PM
this is just plain ridiculous to leave a 4 yr at home alone. the hungry part is an entire other issue. clearly leaving such a small child at home to begin with demonstrates that this woman is not fit to be a parent. as far as abortion is concerned, that's entire different issue as well and should be of no one's concern accept the woman that's carrying the fetus in her womb. i wish people would stop trying to regulate and dictate what someone can or can't do with their own body. until a fetus is viable and able to live outside of the womb without interference from MAN it ain't a person. people want to holler about god but have no problem with trying to play god after a baby is born. if a woman chooses to abort that is between her and her maker to judge. folks only seem to value life when its still in the womb, has no birth certificate or social security number yet. but have no problem with blowing someone's brains out themselves or through our military or dropping a bomb on millions at a time.
p bresn January 31, 2014 at 07:39 PM
you have a lot of nasty people in manassas...i am appalled at some of these remarks.
Chris Oser January 31, 2014 at 08:52 PM
I think all of you people are imbeciles worry about yourself that's why this country is all messed up wow this is what America is coming to that figures we will be like the sheep herders in Afghanistan in a few years this way the government has all the power and we just sit and nod I fought for this country I am ashamed to call my self american

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