A Perkins mother has pleaded guilty to a charge of abandonment of a child under 10 for leaving her two 3-yearold daughters home alone for at least three hours -- during which one left the house and wandered in the neighborhood unattended.
Kendra Lynn Reaves, 28, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending her Sept. 27 sentencing before District Judge Phillip Corley, who ordered a background report on her.
Reaves was originally accused of child neglect in the incident, but the charge was changed to child abandonment on July 11, a day before she pleaded guilty to the amended felony, court records show.
Perkins Police Sgt. Dewayne Hammack wrote in an affidavit that at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20, he was advised to go to the 200 block of NE 3rd Street "for a young child standing by the street just in a T-shirt yelling for her mom."
When the police sergeant arrived minutes later, "I looked around for the child but didn't see anyone. As I was approaching the house, Cody Coleman with the Iowa Tribe Police Department arrived," Hammack wrote in his affidavit.
"We both approached the house. I knocked on the door and a little girl that appeared to be approximately 3-years-old opened the door. I asked if her mom or dad was home.
"She said mom is gone. I asked her where her dad was. She didn't answer. I went into the house to see if I could see her mom.
"As we went into the house, I saw another young girl on the couch that appeared to be the same age. She said that their mom was gone. I asked Officer Coleman if he would watch the girls while I looked for their mother," who was not home, Hammack wrote in his affidavit.
While the Iowa tribal officer stayed at the house, Hammack went to the police station to check the city utilities and found a phone number belonging to a grandmother of the children, the affidavit said.
"I asked her if she knew where Kendra Reaves was. I was told no," the officer wrote in his affidavit. When he told the grandmother that the children were home alone, the grandmother said she would be right there, the affidavit said.
Minutes later, the children's father arrived and told the officer that he and his wife were separated, the affidavit said.
The father, who said he didn't know where his wife was, said, "This was his weekend to have his girls, but his boy was at his house with the flu and he didn't want his girls to get sick so he didn't come get them on Friday," the affidavit said.
After proving his identity to the officer, the father was allowed to take his girls with him, the affidavit said.
At 9:30 a.m., the officer was advised that the girls' mother wanted to talk to him at residence, the affidavit said.
She said she woke up around 5 a.m. and went to the store to get some cigarettes, the affidavit said.
"I asked her why she just got back to the house and why she left her kids alone in the house. She said she didn't think about it. I asked her what store she went to.
"She said she went to Ampride. I told her that Ampride wasn't open at that time. Kendra then said that she had pulled up to the front of the store and fell out of her car and got back in and just started to drive around.
"I asked Kendra if she was worried about her kids being home alone. She said she didn't think about it. I asked Kendra if she had any food in the house for the kids to eat. She said yes.
"I told Kendra that there wasn't any food in the house for her or the kids to eat. Kendra said she has never done this before.
"I advised Kendra I was going to write up a report and send it to DHS. She said ok. I asked Kendra if she wanted to write me a statement on what had happened, but she said no," the Perkins police sergeant wrote in his affidavit.