A Perth woman who allegedly left her two step-children, aged six and four, home alone while she flew overseas has been arrested and charged.
Police say they found the 28-year-old woman’s two step-children alone inside her Cloverdale home on Wednesday.
“It will be alleged both parents were overseas at the time the officers entered the property,” West Australian Police said in a statement.
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“The children were subsequently removed from the property and placed into appropriate care.”
The woman, who is not the biological mother of the children, allegedly left them behind on Tuesday while she jetted off, reportedly to see their father whom police said was overseas.
The young children reportedly spent over 24 hours in the house by themselves before they were found.
Their step-mother was arrested by Child Abuse Squad detectives at Perth International Airport on Thursday as she stepped off her flight back to Australia.
The woman, who police said was in a de-facto relationship with the father of the two children, was charged with two counts of engaging in conduct which could result in harm to a child.
She is due to front Perth Magistrate’s Court on June 22.