Va. Mom Charged With Child Neglect After Kids Found Wandering

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– After her 3-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were found wandering alone in the Irongate Way area of Manassas Friday morning, Esmeralda Carolina Acosta Montoya was arrested and charged with two counts of felony child endangerment.

The person who found the children shortly before 10:30 a.m. took them to nearby Westgate Elementary School, where police were notified.

Officers located Montoya, 28, walking in the same area about 45 minutes later. An investigation revealed that she left the children in a locked room of a residence while she was gone for about two hours.

Police say the children were not injured. Montoya’s court date has not yet been set.

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