A mother who left her 6-year-old son at home for more than 12 hours while she went to work pleaded guilty Wednesday and received a year of probation.
At a Wednesday morning hearing, Christie McFall, 32, pleaded guilty to attempted child neglect and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation, during which she will have to undergo a mental health evaluation as well as other Department of Children’s Services requirements, according to Susan Niland of the district attorney’s office.
McFall already completed a DCS parenting class, which was also a condition of her probation.
Police arrested McFall in June days after she first called them to help her find her son, who had been missing since the day before when she left him at home alone for half a day.
On June 9, McFall left for work just before 11 a.m., leaving her son alone at home until she returned just after 11 p.m. to find the door to her home open and her son missing.
According to police, she looked around the home and property before seeking help from a call-in prayer line and was told to call police. But she later told police she “she didn’t have a bad feeling” about her son that night and “just figured her son was somewhere in the complex,” so she went to bed.
She eventually did call police when she still couldn’t find her son the next morning. The 6-year-old was later found playing with a clothesline in the yard, according to police.
They said McFall admitted to leaving her son alone on other occasions as well.