A young mother in Ohio was arrested and is facing charges of child endangerment after police said she left her children in a motel room while she worked at a local pizza shop.
The case has attracted national attention, including a Democratic lawmaker’s support for the woman, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help her and her children.
According to local NBC affiliate WFMJ, Shaina Bell of Liberty Township was arrested late last week after leaving her two young daughters in a motel room on Thursday. Police said they found the girls, ages 10 and 2, after they received a tip, the station reported.ADVERTISEMENT
The girls were reportedly found sometime after 6 p.m. The older sister told police that their mother was expected to return a few hours later, according to the station.
After police found Bell, 24, working at a local pizza shop, she reportedly told them that her children are checked on hourly when she is at work.
Bell was arrested and charged with child endangerment, according to WFMJ. She has since been released from jail after making bail.
The station reported that her children were placed in their father’s custody and that Bell has pleaded not guilty to the child endangerment charges. Her court hearing is reportedly scheduled for April.
The case has picked up traction online in recent days, with many coming out in support of Bell, including Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego (D).
“Women are dammed if they do or damned if they don’t,” Gallego tweeted in response to the story over the weekend. “Stay at home with your kids and receive government assistance and you are a leach, go to work for poverty wages and can’t get consistent sitters and go to jail.”
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