Community Raises Money For Man Arrested After Leaving 5 Young Kids Home Alone To Go To Work

King told a judge on Wednesday his wife was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer.

By Gina Tron

After a North Carolina man was arrested for allegedly leaving his five children alone while he went to work, the community decided to raise money to help him.

Victor King, 30, told ABCNews that a stranger bailed him out of jail after his Thursday arrest. King told a judge on Wednesday that his wife was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer. He claimed he left his children, who are all under the age of 8, in the care of a neighbor who in turn left the children alone.

King was charged with child abuse after going to his job at Chipotle. Yahoo reported that a woman called 911 after she noticed that the children were home alone for the second time. She claimed she told King she’d help him find a babysitter. He refused the offer. King was previously convicted for child cruelty in 2011.

A GoFundMe with a $5,000 goal has been started for the family by a local teacher and has since raised over $7,000, according to Yahoo. The fundraiser states, “We just need to help support this man who is working so hard. As a divorced single parent, it's beyond tough managing home and work. It takes a village to raise a child. Please let this man know that his efforts are not in vain.”

Rikki Hilliard, who started the fundraiser, told ABCNews it is uplifting to see people from all walks of life helping a family they don’t even know.

Hillard continued, "After Charlottesville, I was really saddened and I felt really bad about the world and I wanted to create some good. And my heart is definitely warmed by the thought of that many people across the country who've been touched by helping this family out.”

[Photo: Raleigh Police Department]

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