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2 young girls sell their toys so their mother can stay at home

By Mason White 5:12 AM March 2, 2015
April Emery 

By: Chan Yuan
Police were called after two young girls tried selling their toys in Florida.

The mother of the children in Osceola County, has been arrested after authorities said that they found her two daughters going door to door trying to sell their toys.

The Sheriff’s Office said that the 7 and 9-year-old girls walked about half a mile from their home around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The girls told deputies that they were selling their toys “to help their mother stay at home.”

The girls had missed their 7:20 a.m. bus to school, deputies said. Officers found the mother, April Emery, at home sleeping.

According to investigators, when deputies woke her up, she blamed her daughters for missing school. She told police that her daughters were supposed to wake her up in the morning.

Emery was not concerned about the welfare of her daughters, police said.

When officers told her that they found her daughters walking on the streets, she responded “well they should know better, it’s their job to wake me up in the morning to get ready for school,” she said according to police.

Emery was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.

The State Department of Children and Families had investigated earlier allegations of poor child care at the home.

According to the sheriff’s office, the girls were wearing clean clothes and they had toys “to keep them entertained.”

The girls are now staying with family members.