Mom charged after children spent night on porch

Denise Henderson

February 28, 2012 2:11:05 PM PST
A Johnston County mother of two is now facing child abuse charges after allegedly leaving her children alone.

Authorities say 45-year-old Denise Henderson, of Smithfield, left her 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son home alone overnight the night of Feb. 22.

Henderson told police she was stuck at a friend's house.

Henderson has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, driving while her license were revoked, and having an open container of alcohol on her vehicle during a traffic stop Monday.

She was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

With information from Mickey Lamm/WTSB Radio

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