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Associated Press, Published May 14 2013

Bismarck woman faces child neglect charge

BISMARCK — A Bismarck woman faces a felony child neglect charge after authorities who responded to a report of smoke in her apartment say they found four children home alone.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/10Jlioc) bond has been set at $2,000 for 30-year-old Viola Grinnell. Court documents don't list an attorney for her, and a home telephone listing couldn't be found.

Emergency officials who responded to Grinnell's apartment shortly before midnight Saturday say they found the children, ranging in age from 2 to 10, and a large amount of smoke. They determined that the smoke was coming from burned pot holders in the oven and a stove burner that had been left on.

Authorities say Grinnell told them a baby sitter she had arranged for before she left didn't show up.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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