Harlem woman charged with child neglect

Authorities arrested a Harlem woman Monday after a neighbor found two of her young children in the street.

Kaneesha Yevette Johnson, 21, of the 6400 block of Campbell’s Way, was charged with contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

A neighbor told deputies that she was driving past Johnson’s home at about 12:30 p.m. when she saw Johnson’s 1- and 2-year-old children in the street crying. She took the children to Johnson’s home, but no one was there. She also said she heard Johnson’s 8-month-old baby crying inside, so she went in and picked him up from his crib.

The neighbor said she was waiting in front of the house when Johnson arrived in her car. She grabbed her baby and told the other two children to get inside.

Johnson said she was three houses up getting a storage container. But the neighbor said she was at the house with the children for at least 20 minutes before Johnson arrived.

A case worker with the Department of Family and Children Services arrived and interviewed Johnson. The children were turned over to their grandmother.

Johnson was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later Monday after posting a $4,800 bond, according to jailers. .

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