Police: Mother left four kids home alone

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department received a call for help from a 12-year-old boy early Wednesday morning, which resulted in his mother facing child deprivation charges, according to a CPD incident report.

Zaporia Lashoin Coleman, 32, of 5142 Nixon Circle, was arrested and charged with four counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

The youngster, who was at home with three siblings, told officers he did not know where his mother was and he needed to be on the school bus at 7:30 a.m. He said he heard his mother "going down the steps" sometime during the night.

The boy told officers he had already gotten his two younger sisters, ages 10 and 7, ready for school and on the bus before he called the police, but he did not have anyone to watch his youngest sister, age 2.

CPD officers notified the Department of Family and Children's Services, who sent a caseworker to investigate and a neighbor volunteered to keep the 2-year-old while the young boy went to school.

"At 8:50 a.m. Zaporia Coleman returned to her residence stating that she had left during the night to party with a friend in Conyers," the incident report states.

DFACs got in touch with the children's grandfather, who stated he would be able to take custody of the children later in the day and "completed a safety plan with Ms. Coleman," according to the report.

In other crime news, a man went to the Porterdale Police Department Wednesday to report he was the victim of an armed robbery that occurred about noon on Sept. 10 at Arbor Lake apartment complex.

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the complaint and the man said an unknown black man came up behind him and Tasered his neck. He fell to the ground and the suspect reached into his pants pocket and removed $30 and ran off.

The deputy asked the victim why he had not reported the crime earlier and he said "it was no big deal," but now he had seen the same black male passing him in the street several times and he was now afraid the suspect might "come after him." He said he wanted the armed robbery incident on record in case "something happens" to him.

The suspect is described as 17 or 18 years of age, very thin and bald.

The man refused to take out warrants on the suspect.

Also, the CPD received a call from employees of the Family Dollar Store in Newton Plaza who said "it sounded like someone was on the roof."

When officers pulled up, one of them spotted a man watching them from the roof of the former Stacey's, next to Family Dollar. Officers called the Covington Fire Department and when the ladder truck arrived, officers climbed on the roof and arrested two men -- one an adult named William Massey, 22, and the second a juvenile -- on charges of loitering and prowling.

"Both stated that they were 'free running,'" according to the incident report.