Police: Mom leaves children home alone, flees to avoid arrest

by: Tony Thomas Updated:

Villa Rica Police said Murphy left the four children alone on Jan. 29 while she went to a pawn shop.

VILLA RICA, Ga. - Carroll County authorities continue to look for a 24-year-old woman accused of leaving four children home alone in a Villa Rica apartment, then refusing turn herself in after learning she might be jailed.

Tiffany Murphy now faces four counts of reckless conduct and four counts of cruelty to children.

In phone conversations with Channel 2's Tony Thomas she has denied any wrongdoing.

Villa Rica Police said Murphy left the four children alone on Jan. 29 while she went to a pawn shop.

A neighbor called police after noticing the 2-, 3-, 5-, and 8-year-olds playing outside unsupervised in the Thomas Dorsey Drive complex.

Only two of the children are Murphy's. Murphy was watching the5- and 8-year-olds after their mother was jailed the night before.

Police said after finding the children, they took them back to the police station and called Murphy.

"The mother asked if she was going to jail, if she was going to be arrested. The detective said, 'We don't know at this time but we are still investigating. You need to come up here,' and her response was, 'I'm not coming up there if I'm going to be arrested,'" Villa Rica Police Capt. Keith Shaddix said.

Shaddix said Murphy hasn't been seen since. Her children, along with those of her friend, are in state custody.

During two brief phone conversations with Thomas, Murphy told him, in part, "I desperately want my children back. I am meeting with DFCS tomorrow. I left them with an adult. I did not leave them alone. I have been falsely accused. I didn't' go to the police station because I wanted to first get legal representation. "

Meanwhile, the mother of the other two children in state custody told Thomas a judge Tuesday denied her efforts to regain custody of her children.

Neighbors of the second family are appalled by what happened and want Murphy to turn herself in.

"You're not even a real friend to do something like that," one neighbor said. "I think it's a messed up situation and they need to give her, her kids back because it wasn't her fault."