Woman arrested on neglect charge after 2 kids found alone

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Police arrested a Gainesville woman Wednesday morning after they say she left two children alone in an apartment with dangerous items.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they went to the home of Keicha Monique Hamm, 33, of Apt. N115 3501 NE 15th St. at 7:40 a.m. looking for wanted person Travonta Rivers, according to public information officer Lt. Todd Kelly.

When deputies knocked on the door, a 3-year-old girl opened it, and the deputies saw the girl and 5-month-old boy lying on the floor. The deputies checked the apartment but could not find an adult, the police report said.

The deputies called Gainesville Police Department, who took over the scene. Police called Hamm, and she arrived at the apartment at 8:50 a.m., according to the report.

Police said she told them she was taking her eldest daughter to school and that she left the two children asleep inside her apartment with the neighbor checking in on them. Hamm also said she told her neighbor to watch the door because the children would come to the door when they woke up, the report said.

The neighbor repeated what Hamm had told police and added that she has been asked to watch them several times before. The neighbor also told police she had checked on the children at 7:45 a.m. and both were still sleeping, so she returned to her apartment to take a shower, the report said.

Officials said the children were alone for about 45 minutes. Throughout the apartment, there was dirty laundry, trash, empty and full beer containers, sharp items, and cigarette butts and ashes, which were in reach of the children, the police report said.

Hamm was arrested on a felony count of child neglect, the report said. She was being held as of Thursday at the Alachua County jail on $2,500 bond.

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