A three-year-old girl and a baby have been found home alone with three dogs and a shotgun within reach after the toddler called 911 herself.
Yajaira Tirado, a 31 year old Oak Hill, Florida mother has been arrested after her 3-year-old daughter Tuesday morning called 911 to say she’d been left alone by her mother along with her brother.
Despite the girl’s barely audible call, responding detectives were able to locate the home she’d called from (while managing to keep the girl on the line for eight minutes) only to find an aggressive dog and a shotgun within reach of the two toddler children.
After gaining access to the trailer home, deputies found the children surrounded by filth, and Tirado, who is a mother of three, nowhere in sight.
Deputies arrived to the three-year-old on the phone with 911, with a baby boy in a play pen. Both children were wearing dirty diapers, and dog feces was on the floor.
One dog was running loose in the home, and two others were penned up in cages in the kitchen. The fridge was empty, and the children had nothing to eat.
Tirado was arrested later and charged with two counts of child neglect. At first, she lied to authorities and told them that “she had only been gone for five minutes” to buy groceries with the neighbor.
But when the cops put more pressure on her to tell the true story, she admitted it was all a lie. She admitted she had left the three-year-old in charge and that she thought the shotgun was broken.
The two children were removed from Tirado’s custody. And now the state is investigating the extent of the abuse.
It was two hours later when deputies located Tirado. The two children were removed from Tirado’s custody. And now the state is investigating the extent of the abuse.
Tirado has since bonded out of jail, but records don’t list a lawyer for her. The children were turned over to their father.