Deputies: Children home alone during Volusia County home invasion



VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies in Volusia County said two teens, a child and an infant were home alone when armed men force their way into the house early Monday morning.

According to investigators, the men kicked in the front door of the home on Ivy Avenue in DeLand around 2 a.m.

The children hid inside a bathroom during the home invasion, deputies said. Shortly after, the mother of the children came home and called 911.

"Someone kicked my door in," the unidentified mother told the dispatcher.

The children told investigators one of the men had a gun, but in the 911 call, a child didn't want to describe the suspects.

"Who was it?" the mother asked during the 911 call.

"We don't know mommy," a child said.

"Ma'am, you need to calm down," the dispatcher said.

"I don't want to say," the child said.

The oldest child at the home is 15, according to authorities. The Department of Children and Families said children can be left home alone with a teenager.

Investigators told Eyewitness News the robbers stole $3,000 in jewelry and they believe the house was targeted. The mother was hostile when deputies arrived and didn't want to let them inside the house, according to the sheriff's office.