|Updated: 7/18 1:22 pm
||Published: 7/18 1:22 pm
The Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris said two Tulsa mothers could be charged with child neglect.
Harris said the DA’s office will review the cases of two different mothers who had children found wandering on Tulsa streets.
“Any time a parent fails to properly supervise a child and/or fails to arrange proper supervision, they are potentially committing the crime of child neglect,” said Harris.
On Monday night, a 19-month old was found on a street in north Tulsa after police said she got out of her uncle’s house where she was staying.
On Wednesday, a three-year old boy was found on a street in north Tulsa. Police found his 8-year old sister home alone as well. They said the children’s mother was at work and left them home because she didn’t have a babysitter.
“We have requested and will review the facts and evidence of each incident on a case by case basis and determine whether criminal charges are warranted, or a juvenile deprived child petition is potentially appropriate,” Harris said.
“We want to be sure parents know and understand that they have a legal duty to protect and supervise their children,” Harris said.
In addition, Oklahoma law establishes a Department of Human Services Child Abuse hotline (800-522-3511) and requires “every person having reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 years is a victim of abuse or neglect shall report the matter promptly to the Department of Human Services…”
“Protection of children has always been a top priority in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office,” Harris said. “In fact, we all have a duty to protect these most vulnerable citizens.”