Children left alone leads to arrest


A report that two small children had been left alone in a motel room Sunday resulted in the arrest of the children’s mother on felony charges.

Tyanna Williams, 22, who is currently on probation and is listed as an absconder, will have to post a $10,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center after Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Williams with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to a room at the Crown Inn on West Fifth Avenue at 11:30 a.m.. Inside the room they found a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy alone on the bed.

Detective Steve Rucker reported that the girl said she had not seen he mother since the night before when she “left to go to the club.”

Police reported the room “was dirty and had a foul odor, there was urine in the toilet and the bathtub had dark rings, and roaches were present.”

Kizer said police were able to determine that the children had been left alone for approximately 12 hours.

Rucker reported that police were able to reach Williams by telephone and when she arrived at the motel, she told the officers she had left the two children with her younger brother.

When the brother was questioned, he said he contacted Williams and told her he “had to go to work,” and she allegedly told him to “go ahead and leave, she was on her way,” a statement Williams denied when she was questioned.

In addition to being listed as an absconder by Probation and Parole officials in Jefferson County, Kizer said Williams also has an absconder warrant from North Little Rock.

The children were turned over to the Department of Human Services.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Williams, and told her to come back to court Nov. 27.