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COVINGTON, La. -- A 27-year-old Covington woman is facing charges that she left her young children at home alone Friday night.

Christian Himes faces two counts of child desertion.

Officers were alerted to the 300 block of Green Ash Alley at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

The grandmother of the children had stopped by to pick up her 4-year-old granddaughter. When she got to the home, she saw that the 4-year-old girl and her 5-month-old brother were home alone.

The grandmother then notified police. Officers weren't able to find the mother anywhere inside the home or with any neighbors.

At about 12:30 a.m. police said Himes returned home. She said she had left the children home alone at about 10 p.m.

Officers placed her under arrest, and the OCS approved a transfer of the children to the grandmother.

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