Mom charged after 4 kids found alone without beds, food

PITTSBURGH (AP) " A Pittsburgh woman has been charged with endangering her four children after police say they found them alone in an apartment with no beds, no food and one working light.

Court records show 34-year-old Takoya Parker was charged after the children were found Saturday, though it's unclear if she's in custody and no defense attorney is listed.

Police said they found the children " ages 10, 6, 5 and 3 " after being asked to check on their welfare. They say the apartment was in disarray and the children said they hadn't eaten and didn't have a phone number to contact their mother.

When police contacted Parker at work, she allegedly told officers she couldn't leave and to "just take them." Police and child welfare caseworkers have placed the children in a neighbor's care.

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This story has been corrected to show that Parker said she could not leave work, not that she could leave work.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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