Gloversville man charged with leaving children home alone
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - The Gloversville Police Department has arrested a man who left his 8-year-old and 12-year-old children home alone, unsupervised, while he traveled to New York City with his girlfriend.
Police say 38-year-old Jonathan Morrison, of 17 Allen Street in Gloversville, was arrested after police responded to the report of two male children left home alone on Friday, March 1st. Investigators say the two boys, who Morrison was responsible for caring for, were left alone and unsupervised for more than 24 hours.
According the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, the situation was discovered when the 12-year-old went to pick his 8-year-old brother up from school unsupervised and told the school his father was away. The school district then contacted the children's mother, who came to pick up them up.
The children's mother, Kristine Morrison, says her two sons were left home alone and says the father planned to stay in NYC until Sunday.
"Had something happened to my kids over the weekend I would have never known," she said.
Kristine says when the older brother tried to check the younger brother out of Boulevard Elementary School, the staff called her right away to pick them up.
"Had it not been for the school they would have been alone for four days," she said.
Morrison was eventually released and when NEWS10 visited him at his Gloversville home, his two kids were back in his custody. We asked if he did, in fact, laeve the kids at home alone, and he answered, "No, not at all."
When asked who was taking care of them, he simply replied, "A babysitter."
His son, 8-year-old Jacob Morrison, also spoke to NEWS10 with his father. Jacob's version of the story differed slightly; when asked if there were any other adults taking care of him, he said, "No."
But Morrison maintains they did have a babysitter scheduled.
"You know what if there was a fire? They would have never known. If someone broke in, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves," the mother said.
Kristine says she's worried her boys aren't being looked after and she doesn't understand why the Family Court Judge released her two sons back in their father's custody.
"I love them to death but they are not responsible enough to be home alone for that long. The kids need to be removed from that house immediately before something happens to those boys," she said.
Morrison has been charged Monday with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was released on his own recognizance with a scheduled court appearance on March 11th to answer charges.
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