CRUELTY? ... Mother charged for leaving kids alone in house that caught fire

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August 24, 2016

CRUELTY?

... Mother charged for leaving kids alone in house that caught fire

A St Catherine woman who allegedly left her three children in a house, a section of which caught fire, has been charged three counts of cruelty to children.

The woman, Rosemarie Benneth-McNaughton of Willowdene, Spanish Town, St Catherine, reportedly left her three children ages 12, five and three years old alone at home when a section of the building caught fire.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on August 14 in Willowdene.

When the matter came up in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday, Parish Judge Grace Henry-McKenzie was told that Benneth-McNaughton proceeded from Willowdene to Portmore "to look food" for her children.

During her absence, the five-year child is said to have lit a candle, which eventually set the upstairs of the house ablaze.

The children have since been placed in state care.

Willowdene is approximately 12 kilometres from Portmore, via the Bernard Lodge Main Road.

Benneth-McNaughton was offered bail in the sum of $300,000 with one or two sureties. She is required to report to the police station three times weekly.

Her next court date is October 18.

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