A Davenport mother has been charged with a felony accusing her of going to work and leaving her 4-year-old daughter at home alone.
April Benischek, 33, of 2931 W. 34th St., Unit E, was arrested Wednesday and charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.
The charge is a Class C felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Police arrived at her house at 9:54 a.m. Wednesday after a complaint was made to the Iowa Department of Human Services that the child was left at home unattended.
Benischek, who has custody of her daughter, went to work and left the child at home alone, according to an arrest affidavit. Police claim Benischek was to leave the 4-year-old at home while she was at work until her other daughter, who is 8 years old, arrived home from school and could watch her until Benischek returned home at 5 p.m.
Police say that Benischek should have known that leaving a 4-year-old home alone would expose her to numerous possible hazards. The child wasn’t injured while she was home alone, police say.