Mother Charged After Allegedly Abandoning Two Toddlers in Filthy Home

January 14, 2018 Updated: January 14, 2018

A mother was arrested after allegedly leaving two toddlers alone in a home in Rochester, New York, for an unknown amount of time.

Police were called to a home on Ridgeway Avenue around 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, after a neighbor noticed a naked 3-year-old outside, reported Rochester First.


“The temperature was dropping below zero no diaper no socks no shoes, just out on the sidewalk following behind me yelling out, ‘Mommy,'” neighbor Mori Prout told the news station.

When authorities arrived, they found two young children—aged 18 months and 3—alone inside a filthy home. The officers did not know how long the children had been left on their own and were taken to Rochester General Hospital, reported WHAM.

“It was one of the saddest things I’ve seen, the diapers with feces and the fingerprints and the chocolate and the syrup and to see how they were starving over the days they were here was really detrimental,” Jonathan McFadden, a property preserver tasked with cleaning out the house, told Rochester First.

“You can visualize them eating the chocolate powder and in the kitchen, on the floor, you can see fingerprints in the ketchup as if they were playing in it on the floor and you could see where the child was tired of having the diaper on and it was just flung off,” McFadden added.

Eventually, police found and arrested the toddlers’ mother, Sharisa Vazquez. The 22-year-old mother was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, two counts of abandonment of a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, reported WHAM.

According to Spectrum News Rochester, the two girls are now staying with their grandmother and aunt.

Monroe County Child Protective Services has been contacted to assist with the police investigations.


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