In 2 separate cases mothers charged with neglecting children


SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Two Salisbury mothers have been charged in two separate cases involving children left in dangerous situations, according to Salisbury Police.

On Monday night several witnesses called police to report a two year old boy walking in the road in the intersection of Lincolnton Road and Milford Hills Road.

One witness told police he nearly hit the child.

By talking to neighbors police were able to determine that the child belonged to Vanessa Marie Clemons, 27, of Elm St.

When police talked to Clemons, she told them that the child had unlocked the door and walked away without her realizing it.

Clemons was charged with misdemeanor child abuse.  Bond was set at $1000.

Early Tuesday morning in a separate incident, police arrested Latanya Louise McCullough, 26, of Victory Street, for leaving her four children, ages 2, 3, 5, and 7 in a "roach infested" home for more than two hours.

According to the report, someone called police to report that the children had been left alone.

When officers arrived they found the four children in the house.  The report notes that there were roaches in every room and inside the refrigerator and that there was no edible food present in the house.

McCullough, who listed her employer as "Nikki's Strip Club," returned approximately two hours after police had arrived.  She told police that she had only been gone for about thirty minutes.

DSS and other family members were called to take care of the children.

McCullough was charged with four counts of contributing to the neglect of a  minor and jailed under $3000 bond.