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Raleigh mother accused of leaving child home alone

Posted May 31, 2009

— A Raleigh mother is accused of leaving her 2-year-old child home alone for four hours Sunday.

Loretta Lynn Watson, 29, of 121 Gilbert Ave., has been charged with child neglect, police said.

According to the arrest warrant, Watson left the child unattended from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Watson was being held under a $1,500 bond at the Wake County Jail.


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  • lorivalentine1 Jun 1, 2009

    Another fine example of a of stellar parenting skills!

  • Alicat Jun 1, 2009

    I don't even care what her excuse is or was. She is unfit to be a mother and hopefully she will not retain custody. How absolutely unbelievable that she would abandon her baby.

  • sunshinegal0726 Jun 1, 2009

    When is the child abuse going to stop?! These stories are so heartbreaking. I hope this child (and her other children) find some stability soon.

  • genie2u Jun 1, 2009

    2beach4u - I agree. We have to take a class and pass a test and go back every few years to get a license, but we can actually create other human lives to screw up with absolutely no training and no one to answer to.

  • 2beachy4u Jun 1, 2009

    People should have to be granted to have children. There should be a board that you have to go before and be granted to have children. You should have to be married and be very stable in life with lots of proof. You should be able to support the child with no help from the state. If you can't pass this criteria, you should not be able to have a child. It's terrible that I have to feel like this but people are constantly abusing children, leaving them home alone, etc. These poor children don't ask for this and surely don't deserve it. May God bless them and continue to watch over them.

  • SNUPE Jun 1, 2009

    I would say that any reason is not a good excuse to leave your very young child at home alone... but I would like to know what her excuse was?

  • hihuwatlu Jun 1, 2009

    I think her other 3 children are with her mother. DSS has investigated her for this child too. I don't know how she still has him.

  • reality bites Jun 1, 2009

    why are we doing this stuff to our babies and children? if you cant take the responsibilty of being a protective and loving parent mother or father is doenst matter, give the child to somebody that will not harm them and provide a safe and loving home for them. i have a 3 yr old and couldnt imagine ever doing anything like this, the only thing i can imagine is how to love him and what i can do for him to grow up a decent and respectful man. take these kids away from the danger and give these parents real time and not just a pat on the you know what!!

  • Deb1003 Jun 1, 2009

    She should have never left a child alone in the house for 4 hours at 2yrs of age. However, I'm curious how they found out...was she arrested? turned in by a neighbor, friend or family member? Hope her child finds a stable, secure home soon.

  • recpt Jun 1, 2009

    Lori has at least 2 other kids....I wonder where the girls were? With their dad? Doubtful, but maybe.