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Four-year-old Found in Cold, Mother Charged with Neglect

A Roseville woman has been charged with one count of child neglect after her 4-year-old daughter was found alone in dangerously cold weather, the Star Tribune reported.
Angela M. Johnson, 35, left her daughter and 12-year-old son home alone while she played bingo at Mystic Lake Casino, the Pioneer Press reported. The case was made public Friday.
At around 8:25 a.m. on Jan. 25, the girl was seen running along a snow bank in seven degree temperatures wearing only a T-shirt and socks. A passerby wrapped the child in a blanket and called police. The girl told paramedics her hands and feet hurt, but she suffered no injuries.
Apparently, the girl was left alone when her older brother went to school in the morning and her mother had not returned from the casino. When Johnson came home at around 10:30, she called police.
Johnson originally said that she had a baby-sitter for her kids and had gone to a friend’s house the night before, but had become stranded when the buses stopped running, the Pioneer Press reported. When police told her they would search her phone records, Johnson admitted to leaving her children alone while she was at the casino. She said she assumed her son would stay home until she returned, the Star Tribune reported.
Johnson’s charge holds a maximum sentence of one year in prison, the Pioneer Press reported. There is no record of Johnson doing anything like this before and the newspaper did not know whether the children were in protective custody.