They can be a such a nuisance. Especially when you just want to go shopping for stuff.
One Volusia County mother thought so. So she left her 9-year-old and 4-year-old inside their trailer home, padlocked it, and went shopping at the local Dollar General Store.
According to an arrest report, Shaval Miller padlocked her trailer home door from the outside while she went to the store for several hours.
A neighbor called police about it, and when cops arrived, they could hear Miller's children either screaming or crying inside the trailer home.
The neighbor was able to unlock the padlock for deputies with a key that was hidden in a grill (not very well, apparently), and authorities were able to get the kids.
The children told police they didn't know where their mother was.
And here's our favorite part of this heartwarming tale of one woman's desire to shop at a dollar store in peace while totally neglecting her small children:
Miller came back to the home later Saturday but cursed at the neighbor who called deputies and left without calling authorities to ask about the children, sheriff's deputies said.
Yeah! You go fuck yourself, neighbor who was concerned for the well-being of small children left to their own devices inside a trailer home! YOU MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
The police report says the kids were fine and in good spirits once the cops arrived. They were taken to the Department of Children & Families, which handed them over to a relative.
Miller was arrested and charged with child neglect. She was released Monday morning from the Volusia County Branch Jail on pretrial conditions.
No word on what she bought at the dollar store.
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