THE police yesterday removed five children from a house in Delacree Park, Kingston to a place of safety and later arrested a 27-year-old woman who had left them unsupervised.
The woman, whose name was being withheld, is likely to be charged under the Child Care Protection Act, the police told the Observer yesterday. She was held while officers were at the house, which was said to be in a deplorable state. She identified herself as the mother of three of the children.
One officer said the dirt floor had pieces of dirty sponges on the floor which the children, some with rashes all over their bodies, used as their beds.
“Police travelling though the community yesterday at about 2:00 pm went to a house where the children — ages one to five years — were all found in the house unsupervised,” an officer said.
“Food left for days was seen in a corner on a stove; several of them whose diapers needed to be changed played in the dirt,” said one of the officers who had gone to the scene.
The police said they would be working with other agencies to step up the pressure on parents who continued to leave their children unsupervised.
Officers also lashed out at persons who continued to have children without having the means to take care of them.