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Fayetteville mother charged with child neglect

Posted March 23, 2009

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— Cumberland County detectives charged a Fayetteville woman with child neglect after she allegedly left her small children at home alone.

Ida Teresa Bennett, 25, of 432 Starlit Drive, was charged with four counts of neglect because her children were found walking alone on Jan. 26. The children, two girls and 2-year-old and 3-year-old boys, were not fully dressed or wearing shoes when deputies found them on Cattail Circle.

Detectives said Bennett told them she ran out of the house during an attempted break-in and left the children alone inside the home.

Bennett was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under an $8,000 bond. She was scheduled to make her first court appearance on April 21.

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  • weldinggirl87 Mar 23, 2009

    Mother of the year right there. "Oh geez, someone's breaking in, lemme leave the kids and save myself."

  • daisymom Mar 23, 2009

    This is so sad. Why do you leave your children in the house when someone is attempting to break in? It seems like caring parents are the minority now and I feel so sorry for the children.

  • Adelinthe Mar 23, 2009

    colliedave - "Detectives said Bennett told them she ran out of the house during an attempted break in and left the children alone inside the home." What sort of woman would run and not protect her own children in the face of danger?

    Agreed!

    But the sad truth is, many parents would - not good parents mind you, but many parents nonetheless.

    Praying for these children. Praying they are forever taken from their mother's care.

    Cause I don't believe the break in story.

    God bless.

    RB

  • colliedave Mar 23, 2009

    Detectives said Bennett told them she ran out of the house during an attempted break in and left the children alone inside the home.

    What sort of woman would run and not protect her own children in the face of danger?