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Toddlers found alone in street unsupervised
Mother of four charged with child cruelty

COVINGTON - A Covington woman was taken into custody by Newton County authorities last week and charged with cruelty to children after she allegedly left her four children unsupervised.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Deputy Courtney Morrison responded to a residence on Capeton Square after receiving a call from an area resident who said they saw three small children walking in the street without supervision, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report completed by the deputy.

Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy asked the children, a 3-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, if they could show him where they lived, and they led him to their home, said Investigator Sharron Stewart, spokeswoman for the NCSO.

Inside the residence, Morrison found the fourth child, a 12-month-old girl, lying on a bed.

The deputy was later able to make contact with the mother of the children, Andrea Lachelle Pratt, 26, by phone.

"She acted as if she was surprised that there was no one there, saying that her grandfather should have been there," Stewart said.

When Pratt arrived at the home, she was taken into custody by Morrison.

According to authorities, the Department of Family and Children Services was called and found placement for the children.

Pratt has been charged with four counts of cruelty to children in the first degree. According to jail records, Pratt is nine months pregnant.

Late last month, another mother of three young children was arrested and charged with cruelty to children after she left her children home alone.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.