Moms charged after sitter, child vanish

Found a week later
April 8, 2008 3:26:38 PM PDT
Two mothers are under arrest in Yonkers after their daughters disappeared for several days.One of the girls was 14 years old. She was babysitting the other, a 6-year-old girl.

The girls are fine, but police want to know how they were able to go missing for days without anybody noticing.

Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer has more.

Tammy Edwards and Phyllis Williams were brought to court Tuesday morning to face charges of child endangerment. They are both being held on $10,000 bail.

Edwards' 14-year-old daughter was babysitting Williams' little daughter. The two youngsters then went missing for several days.

The children's odyssey began March 31, when Williams dropped her daughter off at Edwards' home so she could attend to personal matters. But for some unexplained reason, Williams did not check on her for four days, on April 3.

By the next day, the babysitter still had not returned the little girl to her mother.

Police intensified a search and finally located the teenage girl, who turned over the little girl unharmed. It is not clear where they two were.

Both mothers were then arrested and are being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The 6-year-old girl is with child protective services. The 14-year-old may face juvenile delinquency charges.