by Scott Hounsell | May 5, 2015 3:06 pm
Babysitters are just so expensive these days. Especially for three children and especially when you want to head out on your latest drug binge. Locking them in a motel room at 50 dollars a night? That’s totally thinking on your feet. (Warning: All of the previous statements are sarcasm, so relax.)
“A mother from St. Louis is accused of leaving her four children, ages one through 14, to starve in a dirty motel while she drank and did drugs last week.
Crethia Southworth, 33, faces five counts of child endangerment for allegedly abandoning her children in the Motel 6 for over three days.
Southworth’s 17-year-old boyfriend was meant to periodically check on the children but he supposedly ran out of money to buy them food, police said.
‘An anonymous caller was worried about four children, and said the children were eating out of the trash and drinking water out of the faucet,’ said Caseyville (Ill.) Police Sgt Gerard Spratt to KHOU.
When Spratt arrived at the scene at the Motel 6 in Caseyville he was shocked to discover four children inside of the foul smelling room.
‘The kids didn’t have diapers, they were walking around and going when they had to. That’s all the clothes they own,’ he said.
Spratt says seeing the suffering children were one of the most heartbreaking things he had ever seen.
He asked the children where their mother was and they said they had no idea how to get in touch with her.
Detective Scott Miller finally found Crethia Southworth who said that she ran into a friend, started drinking, and then went on to do drugs.
‘The mom told me she ran into a friend, they started drinking and led into drug use for 2.5 days,’ said Miller.
Miller said Southworth told him that she knew what she was doing was wrong.
‘She’s had a drug problem for a while, this isn’t the first time she left her kids for a crack cocaine addiction,’ he said.
Southworth told Miller that she would usually leave her children with her sister or a friend but this time she left them in a motel.
Miller told KHOU that Southworth’s 17-year-old boyfriend would check on the children in the motel but he would sometimes run out of money for food.
Spratt, who made the horrific discovery, bought the children McDonalds with his own money..
The children didn’t have water and were drinking from the sink to survive.
The children were delivered to the Department of Children and Families and went to stay with their aunt.
‘Not knowing where you are going to live, what you are going to eat — those kids had to experience that for months,’ Miller said.
The staff at the Motel 6 told police they didn’t know the children were in that room because Southworth paid for a whole week so the housekeepers didn’t come to clean.”
Let’s hope these poor children are taken far away from this mother. What she did is completely unforgivable. Those children deserve to have a life where mom isn’t choosing drugs over them.
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