DeFuniak Springs police: Mom arrested after leaving kids home alone without enough food for days

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A DeFuniak Springs woman has been arrested after allegedly leaving four children home alone for days without adequate food.

Police were called to a home on Wednesday morning and say they found a five-year-old, two 11-year-olds and a 16-year old inside. They say the teen was taking care of the other kids.

They say the mother, Cassandra Goldsmith, 36, was visiting her boyfriend in Niceville and had been gone for four days.

Goldsmith returned to the house while officers were there and, according to police, admitted to leaving the kids alone without enough food.

Goldsmith is facing child neglect charges.