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A Beaver Township mother is at the Mahoning County Jail for leaving her 9-month-old and 3-year-old children alone and strapped to their car seats inside their home.
Kacee R. Moser, 24, of South Avenue, is charged with two counts of third-degree felony abduction and two misdemeanor counts of child endangering. Mahoning County Canfield Area Court Judge Scott Hunger set her bond at $75,000.
Moser has five active bench warrants for failure to appear stemming from prior charges in Canfield and Sebring courts and Summit County.
Moser turned herself into police at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The children are in the custody of Mahoning County Children Services. Police said neither showed signs of abuse.
Moser “created a substantial risk to the health or safety of the said (children) by violating duty of care,” according to the criminal complaint filed in Mahoning County Canfield Area Court.
“One of her friends became concerned over Ms. Moser working 12-hour shifts and kind of got suspicious about where her children were at while she was at work,” said Beaver Township Det. Eric Dattilo.
The friend went to Moser’s home, police said, and found the two children in the living room alone. Police said they were unable to get into the home and had to force their way inside.
Dattilo said Moser’s supervisors at work relayed information that Moser would turn herself in, but fled instead.
Moser recently moved to the area, police said, but have already charged her with unrelated warrants for receiving stolen property, on May 25.
Chief Carl Frost said in that case, Moser threatened a business with a pellet gun. The business was trying to collect a debt from Moser, Frost said. The business decided to drop charges.