Sitter fined for leaving infants

Saturday, December 21, 2002

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A Lee's Summit baby sitter has been fined more than $1,000 for leaving four babies alone while she went to her boyfriend's apartment to continue an argument.

Carrie Howard, 31, also was sentenced to two years of probation, during which she is to undergo substance abuse treatment and have no contact with children younger than 17 other than her own. She cannot drink or possess alcohol. The sentence was ordered after Howard was found guilty Wednesday night of several municipal counts of child endangerment.

Howard left the children -- all about 1 year old -- without adult supervision after a phone altercation with her boyfriend. Police were alerted when they received a disturbance call and found the couple arguing. No charges were filed in the alleged disturbance, and the infants weren't hurt.

Part of Howard's fine was for driving on a suspended license when she went to her boyfriend's apartment.

She is not a licensed day care provider, and under Missouri guidelines, no license was required, police said.

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