Mother’s Day ended on a bad note for a 24-year-old Schuele Street mother who left her children alone, authorities said.
Shaquasia Myree was charged with endangering her five children by leaving them alone without adult supervision, police said Monday.
The discovery of the unattended children was made by Buffalo firefighters, who had responded to the residence on the first block of Schuele at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a smoke alarm sounding at the home, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.
Four of the children, police said, were under age 4.
“They are now in the care of a relative,” DeGeorge said.
The smoke alarm activated because the stove had been left on, and smoke started pouring out, authorities said.
When the mother was located, she told Northeast District police she had gone to her mother’s home on Donovan Drive for food, according to the arrest report.
The smoke alarm was connected to Time Warner Alarm Co., which requested a fire truck be dispatched to the residence, the police report stated.
Fire Lt. Michael Wisniewski and firefighters from Engine 31 entered the home and found the children. The firefighters turned off the stove and cleared smoke from the home.
“The defendant’s children were released to the defendant’s mother,” Police Officer David O’Brien stated in his report.