DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit mother has been charged with fourth-degree child abuse after her two young children were left alone in a west side home that later was burglarized.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 31-year-old Deedra Pitts was arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court and released on a personal bond.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 13.

The children alone in the home, on Pinehurst near Chicago, on Thursday when someone apparently broke in. The 10-year-old boy dialed 911 when he noticed the TV was missing and then carried his  10-month-old sister to a neighbor’s house, looking for help.

The kids were taken to a police precinct and later released to their father. Authorities said Pitts returned home at 9 a.m. the next day.

Appearing frantic and she demanded to know where her kids had gone, Pitts told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Vickie Thomas that she had left them home in the care of her sister.

Pitts has no listed phone number, and prosecutor’s spokeswoman Maria Miller said she doesn’t have a lawyer.

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