Four children - all under 7 - left home alone on Saturday
were found scared and crying when police arrived at their
Police confirmed the children, aged 6 years and under, were
all in Child Youth and Family care yesterday until a family
meeting could be arranged.
Acting Sergeant Andy Hunter said officers went to the house
in Raumanga about 8pm on Saturday for an unrelated matter.
When they opened the door the children were found crying,
with the oldest a 6-year-old girl, telling them she had been
told not to open the door for anyone.
Mr Hunter said officers noted there was no food in the fridge
or cupboards, there were allegedly utensils for smoking
cannabis in the kitchen and the toilet was blocked and filled
to the top.
There was no heating and the children did not have enough
clothing on to keep them warm, police said.
The children are aged 6, 5, 2 years, and 8 months.
Officers arranged for Child Youth and Family to take the
children and when they left at about 9pm no adults had turned
up at the house.
Mr Hunter said a woman contacted the Whangarei police Station
about 11pm when she discovered the children were not at the
A 24-year-old Raumanga woman faces four charges of neglecting
a child under the age of 18 and will appear in Whangarei
District Court today.
- By Kristin Edge of the Northern Advocate