PHILADELPHIA (AP/PIX11) — Four children were rescued from the basement of a Philadelphia home where authorities say they had been locked away without food or water for punishment.
Investigators say one of the children used a cellphone to dial 911 and crews went through a second-floor window to reach them on Sunday.
Police say it appears the kids were deliberately locked in the basement.
The 13-year-old boy, 12-year-old girl, 10-year-old girl and 9-year-old girl were taken a hospital for evaluation.
One witness told WPVI that she saw her friend, the oldest girl, 12, arguing with her mom on Saturday afternoon before the four siblings vanished on Saturday.
Neighbors say the allegations against the mother are out of her character.
“I know that she’s been going through a lot lately but this is not something it would seem like she would do,” Victoria Sipes, the family’s neighbor, told WPVI.
The mother is expected to face charges including multiple counts of child neglect and endangering the welfare of a child.