After a two-month investigation, Garner Police arrested a local woman and charged her with child abuse after her two young children were found locked in a room by social services.
Kristina Jean Crawford, 27, did not respond to a social worker’s attempts to get an adult to answer the door on July 22. Authorities determined that her 3- and 4-year-old children were trapped in a room with the door held shut by a rope. Police arrested her on two misdemeanor counts of child abuse.
Crawford lives off Garner Road at 105 Cedar Lane with a boyfriend and her two children. Police spokesman Chris Clayton said the department considers the investigation, initiated on May 14, closed. No charges are expected against the boyfriend nor are any additional charges against Crawford.
The children were unhurt. The children were placed under the care of the Department of Social Services.
“They have a lot of different options and work to make sure the kids are safe,” Clayton said.
DSS had brought Garner police in on the initial investigation. Clayton did not elaborate on what prompted it, only saying that it was nonviolent in nature.
Crawford is out of jail pending her court date, but as a condition of her release she cannot be alone with any children under 16, according to Clayton.
A representative of DSS arrived at Crawford’s home for a visit and walked around the residence when no one answered the door. The social worker made contact with the children through a window, according to Clayton, and managed to learn that they had no way to get out of the bedroom. Crawford had been asleep, according to police, but she eventually opened the door for authorities after police were called to the scene.
Clayton said it was unknown if Crawford had been using any impairing substances.