published Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Whitfield County mother charged for leaving children home alone

A Whitfield County mother has been charged for leaving her three children home alone while she went to work.

Codie Ballew Ball, 23, was charged with cruelty to children, abandonment of children and giving false statements, according to a police incident report.

When a sheriff’s deputy responded to a call to check on children at a home on Trailwood Drive, he found three children inside alone and the back door unlocked late Monday night, a police incident report shows.

Several officers also found a baby girl crying in her crib with a wet diaper and a fan and electric floor heater running in the room, the report stated. When the officer asked the young girl in the home where her parents were, she told them at work.

Ball was found work at a local Kangaroos with her present husband, Vernon Ball, the report stated.

While Ballew told officers she had left the children with a babysitter, the babysitter told police she hadn’t been asked to watch the children that night, the report showed.

Officers then contacted the Department of Human Services and arrested Ball, the report showed.

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rolando said...

Yeah, "staff report", ya just had to add that "present" husband to the report, didn't ya? You deal in sleeze a lot, do you? Just exactly what did that "present" add to the story, as if it wasn't bad enough all ready? At least she is married...

And since you have all the info, just how old is that "young girl" you mentioned as being in the home? Twelve? Fifteen? Twenty?

April 6, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
SoWhat said...

Well since only one of the kids belongs to the "present" husband, this could have been written worse. The young girl is only like 3. The oldest kid there was maybe 5 at the oldest. That answer your stupid questions?

P.S: it's spelled "sleaze." Do some research next time.

April 6, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.

BlockquoteAnd since you have all the info, just how old is that "young girl" you mentioned as being in the home? Twelve? Fifteen? Twenty?

Reading comprehension, critical think and deductive reasoning are your friends, rolando. The article says the mother is only 23, right? It's not uncommon for young girls to get knocked up anywhere from 13 on up, even younger in some rare cases. She could have a 12 year old, if she gave birth when she was 11 herself. Possible, but not probable. Figure if she had the oldest when she was 16, the child could be 7 right now, and being left to watch two younger siblings. It's a foolish act by the mother, one that could have ended tragically. These are the problems we see when we have babies having babies.

Another question that needs to be asked is.... Why wasn't the husband arrested, too? He is just as responsible for those kids as she is. When you marry, or otherwise co-habitate with, a woman with children from a previous relationship, you become responsible for their well being. It's a package deal, you don't just get mommy.

April 6, 2011 at 8:05 p.m.
SheenaSmith said...

Being a parent in a very young age is not that easy and simple. However, it is not an excuse for parent to endanger the welfare of their kids. I always go to something that is in favor to the safety of my child. It leads me to register my son to SafeKidZone. It has a mobile security application that enables my son to summon help from family and friends and with access to the nearest 911 when safety issue arise. For child protection check out:

April 7, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.
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