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Raleigh mom accused of leaving son home alone while she went on vacation

Posted May 29, 2014

Laurel Clayton Schwartz

— A Raleigh woman has been charged with a misdemeanor count of child abuse after authorities say she left her 11-year-old son home alone while she went on vacation.

An arrest warrant issued by the Wake County Sheriff's Office alleges that Laurel Clayton Schwartz, 34, of 10821 Fanny Brown Road, went to Orlando, Fla., from May 23 until May 26 and left the boy unattended in the home.

"The child did not eat on Thursday night, and the juvenile's bedroom was an environment injurious to his welfare," according to the warrant.

It's unclear why Schwartz might have left the child at home while she was out of town.

Schwartz was being held without bond in the Wake County jail Thursday night pending her first court appearance Friday.


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  • Pepe Silvia May 30, 2014

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    How DARE you?

    Yes, there is a small monthly allowance to cover the child's expenses but to imply that I am in this for the money is disgusting.

    That money is designated for their clothing (most come into care with very little if anything), toys, books, food, the extra gas to drive to more therapy appointments, visits with the bio family and court dates than you can imagine, and various other expenses - school pictures, after school activities, sports, going to the museum/ zoo/ etc, and other activities to try to fulfill their lives by doing things that most of them have never done before. NONE of that money is used for anything other than the child(ren)

  • diana123 May 30, 2014

    jeez, well there goes her job, etc. yikes, a pic of her here! guess the kid was out of school but the neighbors must have seen.

  • Ron Coleman May 30, 2014
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    What is wrong with people today. Is it something in the air we breath, something in the water we drink or maybe an alien mind meld? What ever it is people need to go back and relearn the values that people had 50 years and more ago.

  • Amanda Alston May 30, 2014
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    High five!! you hit the nail on the head

  • Amanda Alston May 30, 2014
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    as i said in my earlier post... there is no law in NC.... just suggestions by various agencies like the link you posted.

  • iopsyc May 30, 2014

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    Are you a lawyer or judge?

  • Backtothemountains May 30, 2014

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  • JAT May 30, 2014

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    I forget some people put everything on there. :)

  • Kenneth Gordon Hart May 30, 2014
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    YAT - if you want to know what she does just go check out her facebook page, took me about 3 seconds to locate her. That usually paints a pretty clear picture of a person's priorities.

  • Thomas Fenske May 30, 2014
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    At first I was wondering, who's watching the child now?
    Now, after seeing this is part of a pattern, why was her child returned to her in the first place?