Home alone: Kenai police arrest babysitter, 19, for leaving 2 kids behind

Posted: Monday, December 07, 2009

Kenai police arrested a 19-year-old babysitter for reckless endangerment on Dec. 3 after she allegedly left the two small children home alone in the middle of the night to go to a hotel bar in Kenai.

Kayla Johnson was babysitting a 4-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy for a family friend when she left the children alone for at least 90 minutes, Lt. Kim Wannamaker said. The children's mother was incarcerated on Dec. 2, creating the need for a babysitter.

At about 5:30 a.m. the 4-year-old trudged through the snow to her neighbor's house to say that she was scared because she had been left alone. The neighbor came over to the house with the 4-year-old and watched a movie with the children, thinking someone would come home shortly, according to Wannamaker.

After 90 minutes, Johnson did not return, so the neighbor called the police. Sometime after the police arrived, Johnson returned to the home.

"She showed back up home in a cab and said that she had to leave because of an emergency," Wannamaker said. Johnson did not elaborate on what the emergency entailed except to say that she had gone to a hotel bar in Kenai.

Wannamaker said there was no odor of alcohol.

Alaska's Office of Children's Services currently has custody of the children. Johnson is being held in the Wildwood Correctional Facility.

Reporter Andrew Waite can be reached at andrew.waite@peninsulaclarion.com

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