Crockett police: 4 children left alone in middle of night while mom went to bar

Veroneka Wheeler (Source: Houston County Jail)
Veroneka Wheeler (Source: Houston County Jail)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Crockett police have arrested a woman accused of leaving her four young children home alone in the middle of the night on Saturday.

Veroneka Rae Juannia Wheeler, 26, of Crockett, is charged with four counts of state-jail felony abandoning a child.

According to an arrest affidavit, an eight-year-old boy woke up after 1 a.m. and notice his mother was gone. He told police he got scared and called 911. Police arrived and saw the boy was home alone with three younger brothers, aged 5, 4 and 1.

At around 2 a.m., Wheeler returned home and admitted she left her children home alone around 11 p.m. so she could go to Fowlers Bar, according to the affidavit.

Wheeler was placed under arrest and the children were released to the custody of a grandparent.

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