Cyprus Mail

Mother arrested after police find three children alone (Updated)

Limassol police HQ

A 35-year-old mother who left her three underaged children home alone is facing four charges relating to child endangerment.

Limassol district court will hear her case on December 15.

The woman was arrested after a member of the public found a seven-year-old girl playing alone at a park in Limassol’s Omonia area on Sunday afternoon.  Unable to find her parents, he took the child to the closest police station, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Following investigations, police located the house of the girl where they found her two siblings – a 13-year-old and a 23-month-old – also alone.

The mother was arrested late on Sunday for abandoning a child under the age of two years and child endangerment.

The police have notified social services.

The children were taken to their grandparents.

Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis later in the day tweeted “no mother chooses to go to work and leave her minor children at home alone. She does it out of despair [or] out of great need.”

The minister said she spoke with the mother and added the state will intervene to support her.


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