Police arrested a 25-year-old Florida woman after she reportedly left her three children alone in order to go to an area nightclub.
At least one of the children apparently left the family home during the night, and was said to be found asleep on a city sidewalk.
What are the details?
Authorities said that Fort Walton Beach mother Shyla Heidelberg was at a nightclub for at least an hour as two of her young children slept alone at home and one wrapped themselves up in a blanket and took to a neighborhood sidewalk to doze.
The young child, who is said to be just 3 years old, was unharmed in the incident, WKRG-TV reported.
Police arrested Heidelberg after the child was found outdoors, and the other two were found unsupervised inside the family’s home.
She reportedly told investigators that she went to the nightclub and left her children alone at home.
Authorities charged the woman with three counts of child neglect without great bodily harm. She was released from custody on Sunday, according to various reports.
When reached for comment by the New York Post, a woman identifying herself as Heidelberg said that she was not actually at a nightclub.
She told the outlet, “It wasn’t true. I have proof that I wasn’t in the club.”
“Heidelberg,” the outlet reported, “said she has footage from her Ring doorbell camera that proves she didn’t leave her children to go to the club, as well as a few witnesses who will vouch for her whereabouts.”
“A couple people can state that I wasn’t there,” she insisted.
What else is there to know about this?
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office shared details of the incident in a news release on its Facebook page on Sunday.
A portion of the release read, “The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was called to Gibson Street around one a.m. Saturday morning after a security officer found a three-year-old wrapped in a blanket asleep on a sidewalk. Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of two more young children asleep alone in an apartment at the complex.”
You can read the release in its entirety below.