BUFORD, Ga. - A Gwinnett County couple has been charged with child cruelty after police say they left their infant home alone with the door wide open.
A neighbor called police on Friday after she said she saw Sean and Kelly Griffin leave their Buford home heading to nearby Ivy Creek Elementary School to pick up their two older daughters.
The neighbor told police she did not notice the couple’s 5-month-old with them, but heard the child crying inside. An officer found the infant in the home.
According to the police report, the home was found in disarray, with glasses filled with alcohol left around and the smell of burnt marijuana. Police said there were cigarette ashes and butts all over the upstairs master bedroom near the baby’s crib.
Police said officers found the Griffins at the school. Police said Sean Griffin was outside in the car asleep wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts with socks, but no shoes. He appeared confused and thought the baby was inside the school with his wife, police said.
Officers said they found Kelly Griffin inside the school looking disoriented with slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. She told the officers the baby was in the car, police said.
Police said Kelly Griffin tried to dispose of a small pill, which turned out to be a Xanax.
Officers found three more Xanax pills in her purse, police said.
The couple was arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail, but the police report said even on the way there, they continued to argue about who left the child at the house.
The Griffins were charged with cruelty to children, maintaining a disorderly home and drug possession.