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Police say woman left children home alone, including one in a bathtub

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 12:33:35-04

West Palm Beach police say a woman left a 4-year-old and 2-year-old unsupervised so she could go to another house. One of the children was left alone naked in the bathtub filled halfway with water, according to an arrest report.

Shavaugnte Capric Hayes, 27, is charged with child neglect and possessing cocaine.

Officers reported finding a bag filled with cocaine in Hayes’s hair while searching her.

Police initially responded to the apartment in the 2300 block of North Tamarind Ave. for a service call Thursday night.

Hayes told officers in a report that she left the children alone for two hours. When she came home, she says she found the child fully clothed out of the bathtub.

She says she thinks the children dressed themselves since the younger one was not wearing a diaper and his shorts were urine soaked.

Police say Hayes drank a beer and waved her hands around while they interviewed her. She sweated profusely and was verbally abusive to officers and others around her. The officer believes she was under the influence of alcohol, the report states.

Hayes is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $9,000 bond.