Spartanburg mom charged after kids found near road

SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) - A Spartanburg mother has been arrested after deputies say they found her children wandering outside and alone twice in one week.

Deputies say 22-year-old Lacey Jane Jones was arrested Thursday and charged with child neglect.

Authorities first went to Jones' home Tuesday after passers-by reported a child alone and close to the road. Deputies found the 4-year-old boy and went to his home, where they found a front door open and Jones and a 2-year-old boy asleep.

Jones said she would install child-proof locks. But two days later, a social services worker following up on the earlier call saw the boys were again missing and called authorities. The boys were found, alone, about a mile away.

The children are in state custody. It wasn't clear if Jones had an attorney.

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