Mother Addresses Neglect Citation

A mother of five who was cited on five counts of child neglect by police for having her utilities off in her home says she was unfairly targeted.

A police report states that they received a call that there were five children at the residence and that there was no electricity or running water.

But Holt says she and her children had been staying at the hotel where she works for more than a week.

"I didn't put them in an unsafe situation I kept them out and I'm still paying the price," said Lisa Holt, a single mother.

Her water and electricity bills were much higher than normal because of an apparent leak in her home on 28th and Whitmore. They moved to the hotel temporarily until she could afford the thousand-dollar bill.

"You can't tell me every two-parent household pays their bills every month on time," said Holt.

Holt says that after school the children, who range between sixteen and five and go to neighborhood schools, still meet at their neighbor's home for her to pick them up.

She still does not know who reported her to police.

"My kids have been my life and I've always done I've done some things and I've been able to stand through some struggles that some people in a two parent household couldn't do," said Holt, through tears.

Holt's utilities are back on but the state has not given her permission to move her family back into the home. She and her family are also required to have family counseling.

"I'm doing everything I have to do to get them back home and the shouldn't have ever happened," said Holt.

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