Scientists claim the human brain doesn’t fully develop until 25 years old. That leaves a large window of opportunity for childish behavior, recklessness, and poor decision making. Our brains just aren’t fully developed when it comes to executive decisions and the ramifications that may come with them.
Perhaps that explains why a 23-year-old mother left her two children, both under the age of 3, alone at home.
A neighbor called police after seeing the young mother leave the home alone.
A concerned witness called police to request that a welfare check be performed at Angelique Sayre’s apartment building, Fox 8 reported.
When a deputy tried to enter the apartment around 3 p.m., he claimed that he heard children crying inside. Afterward, the landlord arrived and called Sayre. She admitted to leaving the children home alone to attend a concert and said she had planned to be home by 9:30 p.m.
Sayre came home three hours later.
Thankfully, when the deputy told her to return home, she said she would. Deputies were able to enter the apartment through an open window. Inside, they found a 2-year-old wearing no clothes and a 1-year-old sleeping. The playpen where he slept contained dirty clothes and minimal food, WKYC reported. When Sayre returned home, she was arrested on two counts of child endangerment.
The neighbor said Sayre claimed she had left her children alone several times.
The neighbor who called police shared surveillance footage that showed Sayre leaving the home around 3:15 p.m. that day, according to WKYC. She returned home at 6:08 p.m.
A police report indicates that Sayre “did not appear to be concerned with her children’s welfare.” The neighbor also reported that Sayre had left her children alone many times before.
Sayre also told police she had a gun in the house.
To make a bad situation worse, Sayre admitted that one of her children has autism and that there was a gun in the apartment, WKYC reported. Authorities collected the weapon. The mother was taken to Summit County Jail, and her children were released to Summit County Children’s Services.
According to Ohio law, child endangerment charges in the first-degree can mean 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. If the offense is considered a felony, the sentence will be more severe.