In re S.S. CA5
Petition, Detention, Jurisdiction, and Disposition
In May 2019, the department received a referral alleging general neglect when six year-old M.M. (not subject to this proceeding) was found wandering alone near a busy street. M.M. and her siblings, then 11-year-old D.M., then eight-year-old K.C.M., then four-year-old K.L.M., then three-year-old K.B.M., and then 10-month-old K.A.M., were all in the care of their 14-year-old sister, S.S., in the motel room where they lived. Law enforcement responded and waited over an hour for the parents to return. When they did, mother reported it was only the second time she had left the children alone and that she home schooled the children. Law enforcement placed a hold on the children. The children reported to the investigating social worker they were left in S.S.’s care for many hours every day and sometimes the parents would not return home until late at night.