5-year-old child calls 911 to report he's hungry, scared

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Child calls police to report he's hungry
The 5-year-old boy dialed 911 requesting police help because he was hungry and scared. His mother now faces preliminary charges of child neglect.

MISHAWAKA, IN -- A woman is facing preliminary charges of child neglect for leaving her 5-year-old son and 10-month-old baby alone in an apartment without any food.

Darnisha Robinson's son ended up calling 911 on Friday to request police help because he was hungry and didn't know what to do.

A neighbor told ABC affiliate WBND-TV that she "watched the cops bring McDonalds to the little boys and feed them."

Officers told Ken Witkowski, the Chief of Police in Mishawaka, that the kids' apartment was in terrible condition.

"It's very heartbreaking, anytime children are involved or any kind of mistreatment of children that can't fend for themselves, it's very heartbreaking," Witkowski said.

Police say the children had been left alone in the home for more than four hours. Witnesses said the children's mother eventually showed up after Child Protection Services was called out to investigate.

"Some of them are family guys or women and they have children at home so I think it strikes inside," Witkowski told WBND-TV. "I think it brings out some kinds of heart-felt feelings."

WBND-TV tried to obtain the 911 call that made by the 5-year-old boy, but the request was denied because the case is an "ongoing investigation."