Oak Hill Woman Arrested For Leaving Kids Home Alone With A Gun, Agressive Dog

By on January 10, 2018 in WNDB News

Oak Hill, FL – Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Oak Hill woman on Tuesday after she left her two young children in a mobile home where an unsecured shotgun and ammunition, an aggressive dog, and poor living conditions were found.

At around 8 AM on Tuesday, deputies arrived at a mobile home park in Oak Hill after 911 Dispatch advised that a young child called. The incident report indicated that the child was “muttering inaudible phrases.” Deputies then observed a 2-year-old girl in the window of the trailer on the phone with 911.

Deputies knocked on the door but no one answered. Upon looking through a window, deputies observed a 1-year-old child inside a playpen. According to the VCSO, no adult appeared to be present at the time.

Deputies also observed an aggressive dog loose inside the home and two more dogs in cages in the kitchen. A deputy tried to enter the trailer through a large hole in the back door, but initially could not because of the dog. The two-year-old child was able to be taken out of the home when deputies distracted the dog with food. The 1-year-old was later taken out of the home when the trailer park manager was able to come unlock the door.

According to deputies, the home was a mess and a shotgun was within reach of the children in the back bedroom and ammunition was within reach in the bathroom. Both children were in soiled diapers and no fresh diapers were located inside the home.

Attempts to contact 26-year-old Yajaira Tirado, the renter of the home, were unsuccessful. A neighbor advised deputies that Tirado left on a golf cart at 7:30 in the morning. The neighbor said she usually watches the children if Tirado says she is going somewhere, but the neighbor was never asked to that day.

The golf cart was located in another section of the trailer park. Tirado exited one of the trailers telling deputies that she was there getting groceries from her male friend and that she had only been gone for five minutes. She said she texted her neighbor to watch the kids at 8:30 and checked on them at 8:50. She said the kids were sleeping so she went back to have coffee with her friend.

Upon not being able to locate the text conversation with her neighbor, Tirado told deputies that she spoke to her in person. Tirado then admitted that no conversation with her neighbor had taken place at all. She said she was aware of the gun, but she believed it was broken, and that the poor conditions of the home were due to the landlord. In the report, deputies said there was little food in the home and dog feces on the floor.

Tirado was then arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect. She was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on a $5,000 bond.

(Tirado’s mugshot courtesy of Volusia County Corrections)

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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