Charges: Mother Left 4-Year-Old Alone, House Caught Fire

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis mother of four faces one felony count of child neglect after she left her 4-year-old alone while she was at the casino. During her absence, her home caught fire and the child suffered burns, authorities said.

Minneapolis police said the fire happened on the morning of Jan. 3 on the 3400 block of Penn Avenue North. When fire crews and officers arrived at the house, they learned that a neighbor had heard a fire alarm and braved the fire to investigate. In the burning house, the neighbor found a 4-year-old child inside, alone.

The child was treated at a hospital for minor burns.

According to the police, Sgt. Patrick Myslajek, of the Child Abuse Unit, investigated the case and found that the mother, 44-year-old Yeng Moua, had left her four children home for the night on Jan. 2 while she went to the casino. The fire appears to have started the following morning, after the three older children had left for school.

  • Deep Thinker

    Lets think about this, you could stay home & be responsible for your children or you could go out gambling with money that you probably can’t afford t lose. What’s really pathetic is that the other children got up on their own & made it to school…This woman is a disgrace to all responsible parents who leave their kids so they can get out & have some fun….nice..real effing nice.

    • jackactionhero

      I usually date Black Men, so I’ve been exposed to Black Culture alot. This is so typical of black women. Thats why I’m not hetero,women disgust me.

  • Kevin

    Go to Mystic Lake any time…..and any day……and you will see this 1000 times…..cant speack English or work…..but they can gamble your tax dollars as fast as you can send it to them……

  • d

    Our taxes supports her gambling!!!!!!!

    • Paul

      I’ll help you understand that comment, JGE. When cowards can post whatever they want anonymously, they will do so. EBT-mutts doesn’t have the gutts to give use his real name.

      • Captain Obv.

        Wow Paul I guess that narrows your real name down. I really don’t care what those houses look like because their rent is paid by Section 8 vouchers, otherwise known as my taxes, so F-them people with 3-4-5 kids and no father around, I get its possible to have 1 child without a father in the home, but 1 after another, these aren’t humans they’re stray animals breeding for more tax money

        • Capt. Obvious

          She lives on 34th and penn ave north, ghetto, there is no mention of a father, and she spends her weekdays gambling, not much to assume really. The facts are pretty clear, Paul i think your moniker should be Captain Oblivious

          • christine

            What is your point about her address? My daughter, son-in-law, and baby granddaughter live near 29th and Penn. And guess what? They are MARRIED, and my son-in-law has a great job and probably makes alot more money that you! They bought their home because it was dirt cheap and affords them the luxury of having my daughter stay at home to raise their baby.

            So stop generalizing about North Mpls – you only hear the bad stuff but there ALOT of nice, hardworking people in that neightborhood!

        • Jeff "Gangsta" J

          Those type of women are also known as “Money-Makin’ Mama$”

    • you must be blind

      @JGE, this is your idea of parenting? Leaving kids home alone to gamble with taxpayers money? Get out much?

      • JGE

        @ you must be blind- some comments must have been deleted by the moderator. I’m not sure which one of my comments led you to believe that I would condone that kind I’d behavior. I certainly don’t , on any level.

  • mom

    deep thinkiner that is what I thought too the older children were able to get up on their own and go to school and must not have thought anything of leaving their 4 yr old sibling home alone. I am guessing this isn’t the 1st time these kids have been left to fend for themselves and with our great family court system their mother will be able to get them back (if they were even taken out of her custody) in a few months only to do this again. So sad and stories like this just keep going on and on with no end in sight

  • maxey

    What’s your Grand Casino story?

    • jackactionhero

      Hilarious comment!!!!

  • CMC

    I would enjoy seeing what would happen to you if you walked around that neighborhood and professed that to the residents. And what do you have to say about the parasitic landlords in that area?

  • Kevin

    Mpls come for the fun…..stay for the burning children…….

  • JGE


  • Saint Joe

    They need to open up more gambling options — pay for the purple mutts and such — it outta also help out with the exposing of the quality MN parenting from MPLS to the burbs.
    Can’t wait — outta be good

  • markH

    Interestingly, Minnesota (along with many other states) have NO minimum ages for children to be left alone. Illinois requires a child to be at least 14 years in order to be left alone, Minnesota has no such law.

    • Nik

      Mark, what good will a law do? The social workers are overburdened as it is, & they let other cases slide, why not all the kids staying home alone? Hearing & seeing more & more stories of pathetic ‘parenting’ (& boy do I use that term loosely here!) I’m more & more convinced that people need to be licensed to have kids.

  • Bunny

    She should lose her children .. . .

  • Jim

    come on baby, mama needs a new pair of shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    I ruv rue….rue ruv re……

  • Sharron

    Quite a few social problems, ie. child abuse, neglect etc. would be eliminated in time if the government would stop subsidizing these people to have more children. They are only having multiples so their bottom line increases. Wake up…..and smell the coffee. Disgusting.

  • missy

    Her neighbor is a hero.

  • missy

    Thankfully her neighbor found the child, probably saved the child’s life. I have a 5 year-old and I could never leave him home alone.

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