Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers were dispatched on a welfare check of two children at a residence on the 2300 block of East Hills Drive on Tuesday, March 10 around 3:20 p.m.
Zone 5 officers went to the residence after a Facebook video circulated showing an unidentified female encounter two unsupervised children (ages 2 and 3) walking shoeless and with few items of clothing on around the neighborhood. The female drove the children to a security office. When the children’s mother arrived, she slapped the older child on the side of the head and took the children away.
Police attempted to locate the mother and children, but no one answered the door. Police returned to the address several times and found no one home during the evening.
Based on evidence that the children, a boy and a girl, had been left unattended to walk across streets and parking lots while improperly clothed, police issued an arrest warrant for the mother Tuesday night. On Wednesday, March 11, officers took her into custody near her East Hills residence.
Tevanna Keith, 22, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The children were located and were in good health with no apparent injuries.
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