Woman charged with endangering welfare of minors


After finding a 14-year-old girl walking the streets at 3 a.m. Thursday morning, police chased her to her home and found six other children between 3 and 13 years old who allegedly had been left home alone by their mother.

Angela Pryor, 27, told police that she had left the 14-year-old in charge, despite being told not to do so by Juvenile Court Judge Earnest E. Brown Jr., according to police.

Detective Steve Rucker reported that when the girl ran into her house, officers followed and found the other children asleep in several rooms.

All the children were turned over to the Department of Human Services, Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Pryor after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with seven counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Pryor said she would hire her own attorney and was told to come back to court March 29.