NC woman left girl, 9, alone to watch kids

SALISBURY, NC (AP) - A North Carolina woman is free on bond after her arrest for leaving a 9-year-old alone to watch her younger siblings for several days.

The Salisbury Post reported that 26-year-old Bianca Nicole Koontz is charged with nine counts of child neglect.

Salisbury police say the girl made a 911 call on Monday when she got scared by a noise and then hung up. When police went to the house, the girl said she had been caring for her 1- and 3-year-old siblings since last Saturday.

The girl also told police that her mother returned to the home for a few hours on Sunday and Monday.

The Department of Social Services found a place for the children to be cared for.

Koontz was released on $1,500 bond pending a June 30 court date.

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