An Omaha woman has been unable to talk with her children after they were removed from her home last week.
Thirty-eight-year-old Julio Bolanos is facing four counts of child abuse and neglect after deputies found the four children in his care in an unkempt fashion last Wednesday.
The mother of the children tells Channel Six News she made a bad mistake but just wants to talk with her kids.
Jana Schmit's home is a shrine to her children.
It's now a haunting memory to the mother of four.
Her children were taken by child protective services last week and she's been unable to talk with them since.
"My four kids are ages four years and younger,' she said. "They need their mommy and I feel them in my heart, I feel them crying for me."
Schmit says she can't even live in her own home.
There are too many reminders everywhere.
"My heart can't take it," she said sobbing. "I can't be in here without my kids. I can't."
Schmit says her problems started simply by going to work.
She left her kids in the care of Julio Bolanos, a man she calls a father figure, someone she's knows for about six years and someone she trusted with her kids.
Last Wednesday, someone at her complex called 911 because Bolanos was wandering around the complex. So were Jana's four kids and it appears Bolanos was not doing a good job of taking care of the kids.
"Since what happened to my kids, I don't ever want to speak to him again," Schmit said of Bolanos.
Sheriff's deputies believe Bolanos was huffing paint. Child Protective Services placed Schmit's kids in foster care after being unable to reach her by telephone.
"Ok it was a mistake and it's a mistake that will never happen again,' Schmit admits. "But I need to speak to my kids to let them know that mommy is still here."
Now Schmit waits for the one thing she wants more than anything.
"I love my kids," she said. "I need them home."
A spokesperson with Nebraska Families Collaborative, the agency who placed Schmit's children, says they try to put parents in contact with their children within 48 hours.
The spokesperson said they met with Schmit last Friday to set up visitations but have been unable to contact her since that meeting.
A hearing on the incident is set for Wednesday afternoon.