A North Carolina woman left her three children — all under the age of 8 — alone one night for more than seven hours, during which they got drunk on vodka and simulated sex acts, police said.
Tyeisha Coneisha Streater, 26, has been charged with three counts of child abuse and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to WCNC-TV in Charlotte.
Police responded to Streater's Gastonia home Monday night and found the children — who are 4, 5 and 7 — outside the apartment in an inebriated-like state, an arrest warrant said.
The children had all been drinking Grey Goose vodka, according to the Gaston Gazette, and police reported finding empty vodka bottles inside the apartment.
The oldest child had defecated outside and simulated a sex act on one of her siblings, the arrest warrant said. Officers became even more alarmed when the child wandered into traffic to try to stop cars.
“She had been exhibiting very erratic behavior, at one point trying to go into a laundromat, breaking the glass out to get the fire (extinguisher), throwing dishes with officers, trying to eat food off the floor,” Gaston County Assistant District Attorney Megan Rhoden told the Gazette. “Behavior that was obviously very concerning to the police officers.”
In court Tuesday, Streater denied leaving the children alone for so long. She said the kids were asleep when she went to the laundromat with her fourth child, who is 8 months old, and that she was only gone for 90 minutes. She also claimed the vodka bottles had been "filled with water" and denied that the chilren were intoxicated, even though they were taken to a local hospital, according to the Gaston Gazette.
The children were released to Streater's grandmother. Streater asked the judge to lower her $25,000 bond so she could go back to work at a Wells Fargo bank.
The judge declined.
[Photo: Gaston County Sheriff's Office]