Oklahoma City police officers responding to an auto burglary call arrested two women accused of leaving their young children home alone near N.W. 14th Street and Billen.
A man called 911 around 10:45 p.m. Sunday after seeing someone break into his neighbor's SUV. When officers arrived, they attempted to contact the owner of the vehicle. When they knocked at the front door of the home, the unlocked door opened.
Police went inside and found two children – a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy – in a back bedroom. The boy was still sleeping, but the girl was awake and crying. She told police the officers had scared her when they came into the home. She also said both her mother and the boy's mother had been in the house when the children went to sleep.
Police found two purses and two cell phones in the house. They began calling relatives listed in the cell phones to try to find the women, but no one they called knew where the mothers were.
According to a police report, officers began to fear for the women's safety and requested more police come to the house. Minutes later, however, two women walked up the street and identified themselves as the mothers of the children.
Teresa Grider, 25, and Anysha Davis, 23, told police they'd left the children alone while they walked to a store less than a mile away for sodas and cigarettes.
Police arrested Grider and Davis on complaints of desertion of a child under the age of 10. The police report stated Davis argued and told officers it was "no big deal."
Officers learned Davis was not her son's legal guardian, but had given her father custody after she was jailed for drug trafficking.