GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
The mother who police say left her three children alone in their Glendale apartment for several hours Saturday is now facing charges of neglect.
Her children were taken by a family member who found the children alone and took them to their grandmother’s house.
By the time they brought them home, it had been several hours and a full scale search was underway.
The mother of the children is now at the Fourth Avenue jail facing a felony count of child abuse and several other charges for two outstanding warrants.
All three children are now in DCS custody.
The woman’s mother, the children’s grandmother, spoke with FOX 10 tonight.
She says the children belong in her home and them being in the care of DCS is wrong.
"He's going to go wake up in a strange place, when he went to bed in his own bed," says Debbie Brown, the children’s grandmother.
Debbie Brown is talking about her grandson 8-year-old Christian Schoonover.
He and his two sisters, 4-year-old Lydia Zamora and 2-year-old LillyAnna Zamora went missing from their Glendale apartment Saturday after police say their mother, Brown’s daughter, 26-year-old Shawntaye Beavers, left them home alone for several hours.
"My understanding is she's on drugs right now,” said Brown. “A situation that we were totally unaware of."
Around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night a family member who police say took the children after finding them alone dropped them off at Browns house, where Christian has lived for 5 years.
Brown says after this she was told all three children would be staying with her. But at 2:00 a.m on Easter Sunday, all of that changed.
"We got a call saying they were going to come over and we just figured it was a quick home study and they needed to come in and see the house, that it's safe, the kids are safe. They never even looked at the kids, they just came in and said we're taking them. Didn't look at the house, didn't look at anything, just said we're taking them,” said Brown.
Brown says the excuse for taking the children was a drug problem she had 20 years ago.
"This is not supposed to be given unless there's imminent danger, and something I did 20 years ago, that I have not repeated, that's not imminent."
Brown is now fighting to have them back in her home soon where she says Christian has flourished, been safe, and stable for the last five years.
"Christian's missed two days of school in three years. He's almost a straight A student."
Brown is hoping to see a judge in the next few days so she can get the children back in her custody.
In a statement made to Fox 10, DCS says, "State confidentiality laws prevent DCS from commenting on the custody status of children in state care. The department can confirm these children have been taken into our care and are safe.