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Police: Raleigh woman left children home alone

Posted May 4, 2010
Updated May 5, 2010

— Raleigh police charged a woman with child abuse Tuesday after a report that she left her children – ages 14, 12, 9 and 7 – at home alone for four days.

Yuvonne Payne Baker, 45, of 5327-D Wayne Street, faces one misdemeanor charge for each child, according to the warrant for her arrest.

Baker told a judge Wednesday that she was working and that she told the children to stay inside their apartment.

The children were taken to foster care while Baker resolves her charges.


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  • jpkp2003 May 6, 2010

    Children should be number 1 and most important in a parent's life. Obviously this woman doesn't care very much for her children at all. She doesn't deserve to be a mother. (The father either b/c he wasn't even mentioned)You can't even call these people parents just someone who gave birth.

  • Adelinthe May 5, 2010

    Providing there was enough food in the house and the water was on, the 14 year old should have been able to handle this.

    I use to for days on end, and there were six of us.

    God bless.


  • jobchick2004 May 5, 2010

    Lots of women do it-the state is just now catching on?

  • lorivalentine1 May 5, 2010

    Guess she had more important things to attend to then her children..

  • RomneyRyan2012 May 5, 2010

    2 words...BIRTH CONTROL!!!!!! Try it, it works!

  • Familymatters May 5, 2010

    Happens all the time, gets reported all the time, RPD must have had some liability here somewhere or else they wouldn't have done anything and I speak from personal experience....from having children left by their mother to go to Africa for 15 days.

  • pappy1 May 5, 2010

    Crackalacky in nawthcrackylaky

  • Butterfly May 5, 2010

    I hope this woman NEVER gets these children back. Life is really simple..If you do not want to take care of children then do NOT have them!! I am so tired of trash giving birth because they can. All I can say is Pray for the children..

  • kal May 5, 2010

    But the school system will get the blame when these children are low performing-not the parent. Maybe the teachers of these chilsren should have taken them home with them and fed them dinner since the schools already provide breakfast and lunch. While we are at it maybe all public schools should be residential so that parents don't have any responsibilties for the child THEY bring into the world. That way we can all have casual sex (if we wish) without worring about pregnancy because the state will totally raise the kids. They practically do now with all the benefits some of these parents recieve. Free breakfast and lunch at school. Teachers needing to supply papers and pencils, WIC, Medicare, housing (free or discounted), etc. When will society wake up and smell the coffee and stop placing the blame everywhere except for where it belongs!

  • absolutelyunnecessary May 5, 2010

    It is great that a neighbor was willing to help the children with food and send them into the foster care system. Interesting that some posters are concerned whether male companionship was involved in this mother's disappearance. Would also be interesting to see if the father of these four children is also arrested and charged with child abandonment.