LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 26-year-old woman after she allegedly left three young children at an apartment without adult supervision on April 7. She told police that she left them to go to Walmart and get some food and that she would have been right back.
December Nykole Simmons was arrested and charged with three state-jail felony abandoning or endangering a child charges on April 7. She was released from the Angelina county Jail later that day after she posted a bail amount of $22,500.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Tuesday, Lufkin Police officers were dispatched to Buckner Family Place at 3402 Daniel McCall Drive at about 2:26 a.m. on April 7 in reference to children being left at a residence without supervision.
When the first LPD officer arrived on the scene, he spoke with a witness who said she was woken up by the sound of children screaming outside her apartment. After she went to check, she found that two young children had been left at a neighboring apartment without adult supervision.
She told the officer that she found two young boys wrapped in a green blanket on the front porch of the apartment. The boy who was later identified as Simmons' son said that he woke up and found that his mother was gone.
Once the LPD officer got Simmons' name from her son, he took the two boys inside the apartment and found clothes for them to put on, the affidavit stated. The officer then tried to find a contact number for Simmons and learned that she doesn't work.
Another child was found sleeping in the apartment's master bedroom.
An LPD officer found Simmons in the parking lot of the apartment complex and arrested her. When the officers asked her where she went when she left the children alone, she said that she had gone to Walmart and then to get something to eat and wasn't going to be long, the affidavit stated.
The officer noticed that Simmons was only wearing a robe and flip-flops and asked her about her attire, the affidavit stated. She allegedly replied that she tightened her robe before she went into the store. The LPD officer also noticed that Simmons didn't have any grocery bags or food in her possession when she was arrested.
According to the affidavit, Simmons told police that she had already eaten the food.
Simmons' mother came to pick up the children, and Simmons was taken to the Angelina County Jail without incident.