VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) A northern Indiana woman faces neglect and residential entry charges after police say she reported her children missing after mistaking a neighbor's home for her own.
Thirty-one-year-old Charity Atkinson called Valparaiso police Dec. 21 and reported that her 5-year-old and 3-year-old children were missing.
The Times of Munster reports Atkinson was exiting a neighbor's residence when officers arrived and led them back to the wrong house.
Police found her two children sleeping on the floor of the family's nearby home. Authorities say they had not been fed dinner the night before and didn't have beds.
Atkinson told police she'd left the residence to buy cigarettes. But officers found no evidence that the purchase was made and a half-pack of cigarettes was found on a table in the home.