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.
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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.