Children found wandering on major road within mile of sex offenders

8:37 AM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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New Port Richey, Florida -- A New Port Richey mother faces child neglect charges after her children were found crossing a major road alone near their home.

Deputies say a witness saw the children--ages 4, 3, and 10 months old--walking across the southbound lanes of Massachusetts Avenue, a four-lane road, around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The 4-year-old was holding the 10-month-old at the time, whose diaper was full of urine. The witness grabbed the children, saving them from potential harm, and called police. 

When deputies arrested their mother, 24-year-old Crystal Rusaw, she told them she left the children to go to a neighbor's for sex and fell asleep.

Police say the children were left alone for about four hours in the home on Atrio Lane where there are 32 registered sex offenders within a mile of the home.

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