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Mom Accused of Abandoning Children

(La Porte, IN) - A LaPorte woman could face time in prison after she allegedly deserted her children.  Jennifer Olsen, 39, is charged with the neglect of a dependent.


About a month ago, police responded to the 200 block of State Street, where six children were inside the home.


The investigation showed Olsen had been gone for about three weeks to be with a new boyfriend.


The kids were being taken care of by some young adults. Police said Olsen occasionally came back to visit for a few hours at a time and sometimes brought food. However, police said there was trash, cockroaches, and other insects throughout the home, along with soiled diapers on the bathroom floor.


Police said it also appeared the children had not been given a bath in quite some time.


Olsen could face an up to 30 months prison sentence on the level 6 felony charge.


In 2015, Olsen was charged with child neglect, but the allegations were later dismissed, according to court records.

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