Mother arrested after infant, toddler found alone in motel

Source: Detroit Police Department

Authorities say a woman is in custody after two young children were found alone in a Detroit motel following a shooting.

It happened about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 on the 20500 block of James Couzens at Cranbrook House Motel.

A 29-year-old man told police he was walking through the parking lot of the motel when he heard people arguing. He then heard shots being fired and felt a pain in his back.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment and temporarily listed in serious condition, police said.

When investigators arrived, they found a bullet hole in the motel window of Room #119. They went into the motel room and found two small children, under the age of two, alone.

One of the children was found in a crib and the other one on a bed. Both of them had soiled diapers, police said.

Paramedics checked both children at the scene and found they were not hurt.

Our affiliates at ClickOnDetroit report the 24-year-old mother of the children was taken into custody just before 5 p.m. Tuesday and will be charged. Police said the woman was arrested for neglect.

The children were initially turned over to Child Protective Services. However, both children have now been turned over to the biological father of the 1-year-old girl. He is not the boy's father, but will care for them both, police told ClickOnDetroit.

If anyone has any information pertaining to the shooting they are asked to contact Detroit Police's Twelfth Precinct's Investigative Unit at 313-596-1240 or Crime Stoppers.

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