ROSWELL, Ga. - A Roswell mother is facing charges she left her baby daughter home alone in deplorable conditions.
Nicole Smith, 21, faces a reckless conduct charge after investigators said they found the 18-month-old in a hotel room.
“There was a heavy odor of feces and urine in the room and there was also broken glass all over the bathroom,” said Officer Lisa Holland. “Anytime you leave a child in that type of situation where it’s put in harm and could have hurt herself, it doesn’t matter the amount of time she’s gone.”
Holland said Smith showed up to the apartment when officers did and refused to tell them where she’d been. She estimates Smith was gone for at least 30 minutes.
Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik reached Smith by phone Friday. She first agreed to give her side of the story, but later called back to say she would not be talking. Police said the baby was in the custody of a relative as the Department of Family and Children Services investigated the situation.
Other guests at the Atlanta Hotel on Old Dogwood Road had plenty to say about the accusations.
“You never leave your child unattended like that,” said Courtney Lovelace. “You never do that.”
Guest Andre Johnson said he was surprised by the situation.
“That’s crazy,” he said. “The momma and the daddy need to do some evaluation.”
A police report Petchenik obtained showed that police were called to the room earlier in the day by Smith, who wanted medical attention for the girl because of “bed bug bites.” The report said officials didn’t see signs of abuse, rather signs of “neglect.”