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A 23-year-old man and his 25-year-old girlfriend have been charged with child neglect after the two left the woman’s five-year-old daughter home by herself for several hours, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Claire Fox and Jordon Liberty were each charged with a misdemeanor count of child neglect on Wednesday, Nov. 12. If convicted, the Caledonia couple faces up to nine months in prison and fines up to $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Liberty’s mother — who lives next door to the couple — called the police when she went over to the house and found the girl home alone at 1:27 a.m. Tuesday morning at a residence in the 4400 block of Highway 31. Fox had left the house when Liberty was still home. When Liberty, who works third shift, left for work, Fox was supposed to have returned home but she didn’t.

When officers from the Caledonia Police Department responded to the scene, they found the girl sleeping after they broke into the home through a bedroom window.

Caledonia Police later conducted a traffic stop and found Fox. During an interview, Fox told police she left the house to see a male friend and that it was her fault that the girl was left home alone. However, Liberty was also charged because he left the girl home alone as well. When police asked Liberty why he didn’t ask his mom to watch the girl, he didn’t have an answer, according to the criminal complaint.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.