Mother who left 6-year-old home alone pleads guilty to neglect

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 4:08pm
Staff reports

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.

6 Comments on this post:

By: theone on 9/15/10 at 4:07

What is wrong with this woman? Please don't tell me DCS is going to give the child back to her. 11-29 is too short!! A mental evaluation? Do we really need her to under go mental testing? Look at what she told the police--

" 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."

By: BEOWULF on 9/16/10 at 6:36

BEOWULF : Put the child in a home where someone can love and care for him. Suspend all parental rights - She is not, will never be a MOM! If not, he'll be running the streets, doping, drinking, gang running...all by the time he's 10 or 11.

By: girliegirl on 9/16/10 at 7:02

Wait a minute! Where is the DAD? Before you stone the mom, you need to be asking the oh-so-obvious here....like ...why is this woman working and yet not able to pay daycare? Sounds like she's lacking child support payments, IMO. (just sayin') Yes, it is THE most intense expenditure she's probably facing right now. You can walk away from your mortgage, car note, student loan, etc... but not daycare.

By: girliegirl on 9/16/10 at 7:09

BTW....On average, the monthly cost of daycare is anywhere from $650 and up these days, depending upon the age of the child.

By: Magnum on 9/16/10 at 11:56

You make a couple of key assumptions girlie. First, you assume she knows who the father is. Second, you assume that the father (assuming she does know who he is and that he is alive) is not paying child support. Third, you assume that she can't afford daycare. Your final assumption is that she has the mental capacity/clarity that most people you encounter in life have. Anyone, who could go to sleep with their six year old missing is clearly missing some really important mental processes. So based on the information that we do have (she left her kid alone all day, went to bed while the child was missing, etc.), I say let the stoning continue.

By: gohomenow on 9/16/10 at 11:17

Attempted child neglect ????? Plea bargaining sucks !