Child Found on Street Corner After Mother Left Young Girls Home Alone: Miami Police

A neighbor saw one of Daquana Rutland's girls on the corner and called police

By Diana Gonzalez
|  Monday, Sep 30, 2013  |  Updated 7:17 PM EDT
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A mother was charged with two counts of child neglect after she left her two young girls alone Monday morning, Miami Police said. Miami Police spokesman Rene Pimentel discussed the allegations against Daquana Rutland. A neighbor who doesn't want to be identified spoke about what she's seen at the home.

A mother was charged with two counts of child neglect after she left her two young girls alone Monday morning, Miami Police said. Miami Police spokesman Rene Pimentel discussed the allegations against Daquana Rutland. A neighbor who doesn't want to be identified spoke about what she's seen at the home.

A mother was charged with two counts of child neglect after she left her two young girls alone Monday morning, Miami Police said.

Daquana Rutland’s girls, ages four and three, were without adult supervision at their home at 1288 Northwest 52nd St. for an hour, according to police. Their aunt was reportedly taking their mother to work.

"They left the two children sleeping. However, they took the family dog with them,” said Miami Police spokesman Rene Pimentel.

He said police got a call from a concerned neighbor “who happened to be driving and sees a child on the corner and inquires with the child – who are you here with?”

It wasn’t immediately known whether Rutland has an attorney.

She was arrested earlier this year for battery – but was not prosecuted.

On Monday Rutland was taken into custody again. A neighbor who doesn't want to be identified said she is not surprised.

"I've seen the kids running around alone. Why should I be surprised," the neighbor said.

The police report noted that there are several hazards in the front yard of the home –including a car engine. A crime scene investigator came to the home to take pictures. Police described the inside as being in disarray.

The Department of Children and Families was called to investigate. The agency said it has a history with Rutland.

After police were called to their home, Rutland stood with her daughters nearby.

The children are now staying with family members, however.

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