Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: RJ Nelson
Campbell Co., VA - A mother has been charged after investigators say she left her two young children- ages one and three- by themselves while she went to work.
It happened Tuesday on Browns Mill Road in Campbell County. The children ended up outside in the rain, screaming and crying.
Tiffany Alexander, 26, is charged with two felony counts of child neglect. Investigators say she has been doing it since May.
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office says Alexander left around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday to go to work. She returned around 9:00 a.m. to feed the kids what they believe was popcorn, then returned to work until 5:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, we ran into Alexander as she pulled into her driveway. Reporter Dhomonique Ricks asked her about what happened.
Alexander replied, "I really don't want to talk about it right now."
When asked if she had a couple minutes to talk, Alexander said, "I really don't I need to get with my lawyer right now."
As for where her children are now, Alexander said, "I don't want to talk about it. They're found, that's all I'm going to say. They're found and they're safe," said Alexander.
Alexander did say the children were not inside her home.
According to investigators, Alexander left her children at home on average five days a week, while she went to work.
"The statement she made was she didn't have any family to leave the kids with," said Major Steve Hutcherson, Campbell County Sheriff's Department.
On Tuesday, the kids got outside of the home, in the rain, near traffic, alone. They were a few steps away from busy Route 501.
The neighbor who found the kids crying lives about 150 yards from Alexander's home. The neighbor refused to go on camera but told us she could literally hear the children screaming at the top of their lungs like something terrible had happened. She could hear the shrills from inside her walls, she said.
"Just when you think you've seen it and heard it all, you hear about something like this. As a parent, I can't even image doing something like that," said Hutcherson.
Police say they found butcher knives inside the home that the kids had played with. They also found an open container of rubbing alcohol, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals. They say there was almost no food.
"You think about all the things that could have happened. Fire or somebody coming there and abducting the children or whatever. Or they get out and get hit by a car, a train in that area," said Hutcherson. "It's a blessing the two of them haven't been hurt."
Investigators say Alexander told them that her boyfriend would go check on the kids, but authorities tell us that is not the case, and that she made it up once she found out she was in trouble.
Major Hutcherson says the two felonies can add up to a maximum of 40 years in prison.