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Mother Accused of Neglect

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick mother accused of neglecting her three young children, now might lose them.

The mother's family called police and also requested the children be turned over to Child Protective Services.

23-yr-old Devona Credit is the mother of three young children, a three year old, a baby of 18 months, and an infant just 4 months old.

She allegedly left the babies with a sitter for a few hours, but didn't come home for few days.

When the mother didn't return to 1108 S. Olympia Place that night, her family called police and officers turned the children over to Child Protective Services. Three days later Credit finally showed up at the house and officers arrested her.

"Being a parent just doesn't mean you have them and let other people take care of them. You gotta take care of them and if you don't, there are some consequences because children need to grow up in a safe and loving environment," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.    

Police said when Credit returned she didn't report her missing children, instead she told officers someone stole her TV and vaccum.

For mother's like Credit or anyone looking for help raising their children there are people willing to help, like Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery.

"This is a place where mom's can come and we spend a lot of time with mothers helping them talk through their problems," said Penny Place, Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery.   

Friendly staff like Place can direct to you an array of community services available to at-need mothers.

Whatever your situation Safe Harbor staff encourage you to see how they can help you.

"Come in and talk to myself or our other case workers and we would empower parents to seek out resources in the community," said Place.    

The nursery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but it also has a 24 hour hotline.  

Here's the number 374-4901.