Mother jailed after leaving children home alone to go eat dinner

Janerit Velez // Brownsville Police Department Photo

A Brownsville mother is facing criminal charges after she left her five children home alone while she went to go eat dinner.

Brownsville police arrested 23-year-old Janerit Velez on child abandonment charges early Wednesday morning.

Investigators told Action 4 News that officers were called to a home on the 3600 block of Ramirez Lane around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Neighbors told police that five children, ranging in ages 2 to 8 years old, were left home alone.

Officers reported that they waited an hour before Velez showed up.

Velez allegedly told officers that she had only been gone for an hour to get something to eat but neighbors said she left at 9 p.m.