A 26-year-old Florida woman’s 3-year-old called 911 after she and her 1-year-old brother were left alone with a shotgun and three dogs, according to local reports.
Yajaira Tirado, 26, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 9, on two counts of child neglect without great harm, WFTV reported. The 3-year-old was discovered at the woman’s Oak Hill home, and even though she wasn’t able to speak clearly to 911 dispatchers, they understood the gravity of the situation.
In the 911 call, which lasts eight minutes, dogs can be heard in the background.
When a deputy arrived at the home, the child was on the phone with a dispatcher, WFTV reported.
The 1-year-old boy was in a playpen. Both kids were wearing soiled diapers, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, as ClickOrlando reported.
A dog was running around the home, while two others were found caged inside the kitchen, police said.
The home was noted as being unkempt. There were dog droppings on the floor, and there wasn’t much food in the kitchen, officials said.
Deputies also discovered an unsecured shotgun and ammunition within the reach of children inside the home, it was reported.
A neighbor told the deputy that Tirado, the mother, and caretaker of the children, left the home at around 7:30 a.m. on a golf cart, according to ClickOrlando.
Tirado was found two hours later, and she first claimed to him that “she had only been gone for five minutes.”
Tirado also said she believed the shotgun was broken when she was asked about it.
According to the News-Journal, she also said she went out for coffee and was getting groceries. A deputy told her that he was at the home shortly after 8 a.m. and didn’t see her there, she admitted to leaving the children without anyone to watch them.
A family member was called to the residence and took custody of the two children. The Department of Children and Families is now investigating the case.
Tirado is out of jail on $5,000 bail as of Wednesday, the News-Journal reported.