Deputies: Mom left young children home alone while picking up friend from work



An Orange County mother was arrested on charges of child neglect after authorities said she left her children home alone so she could pick up a friend from work.

Deputies arrested Elnise Civil after a resident at Pointe Vista apartments on Point Vista Circle near Orange Blossom Trail said they heard someone trying to open her front door just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The resident said she looked out and saw a baby wandering around the complex.

Deputies said they also found a 4-year-old girl sleeping in the apartment.

The children were not hurt, and the Department of Children and Families is investigating.

Civil will be in court Thursday afternoon.