A 19-year-old mother of two was arrested Thursday after leaving her small children alone at her apartment.
Darcia LaShantae Simmons of Blountstown has been charged with child neglect.
According to the Blountstown Police Department, an anonymous caller contacted them Wednesday night and advised that Simmons had left her two children alone at their home in Sutton Creek Apartments and the oldest one, approximately two years of age, was outside. A concerned woman kept the children with her and contacted the apartment manager. Ofc. Warren Tanner responded and was unable to locate Simmons. Attempts to reach her by phone were also unsuccessful.
A representative from the Florida Department of Children & Families responded and the children were sheltered until a grandmother from Gulf County could arrive to care for them.
Simmons was booked into the Calhoun County Jail and released the following day. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 26.