Chattanooga police seek mother who abandoned 2 children

Chattanooga police seek mother who abandoned 2 children

October 10th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga police are trying to track down a woman who abandoned her 2-year-old and 6-month-old children in April, officials say.

Charteta Burrell, 21, left her children at her home at 2456 Fourth Ave. on April 2, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Shortly after, Burrell's sister spotted her walking in East Lake Courts and asked Burrell about her children.

Burrell told her sister that the children were with a babysitter, but when the sister checked for herself, she found the two young children on the floor of the home, unattended, Weary said.

Police and Child Protective Services responded to check the children's well-being. When police finally reached Burrell, she refused to come back home for the children.

The children were later turned over to the care of their grandmother, and officers have been unsuccessful in locating Burrell, who also is pregnant with a third child, since the incident, Weary said.

Anyone who's seen Burrell can contact the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525.

UPDATE: Chattanooga police charge mom who abandoned kids with child abuse, neglect