Police: Mom left young kids alone to go help friend in fight

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh mom faces felony child endangerment charges after she allegedly left her two young children home alone so she could help a friend who was about to fight someone nearby.

City police went to Mattie Sims’ home after a neighbor asked them to check on the children, ages 4 and 1. While officers were talking to the neighbor, police heard the children crying in their home.

Authorities say they found deplorable conditions in Sims’ home, including soiled clothing, trash, human feces and old food covering the floor. They say the 23-year-old Sims was drunk when she came home about 30 minutes later.

The children appeared to be unharmed but were taken to a hospital for evaluation. They are now in the custody of child welfare officials.

It wasn’t known Wednesday if Sims has retained an attorney.

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