A babysitter threatened the children she was watching with a knife, left them alone in their house and told them before leaving, “I am sick and tired of you,” according to a police report.
Nancy Pierre, 36, was charged with four counts of child neglect.
Police were tipped off to the unsupervised children after a driver found one of them on the side of the road about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest report.
The driver stopped and asked the child, whose sex and age were not released, where the mother was, and the child said it was trying to find her but didn’t know the number to call. There were no phones in the house that the children could’ve used to call 911 or their parents, according to the police report.
West Palm Beach police also asked the child where the parents were and who was supposed to be in charge. The child told them the parents were working and that the four children were being supervised by Pierre.
The child went on to tell police that Pierre pointed a knife at them and yelled, “Have fun and do whatever you want in the house,” before leaving.
The other three children, whose ages were also not released, corroborated that story, and added Pierre did not feed them dinner before leaving, according to the report.
Police tracked down Pierre at her house, who initially told police she wasn’t the woman they were looking for, according to the report. Officers asked her whether she was in charge of the children, and she said she was but that she left the house after the children’s father arrived home.
Officers told her the children’s father was in Fort Lauderdale
working and had not yet returned home. Pierre then told officers she had to return home after her son, who was at Pierre’s house, had an asthma attack, according to the report.
When asked why she didn’t take the children with her, she said it was “poor judgment” to leave them alone.
She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday.