A tip from a neighbor alerted Raleigh police to the situation two days before school started.
After investigating the circumstances for several days, police charged 28-year-old Tiffany Walton with misdemeanor child abuse. They say three of the kids belong to her.
Twenty-seven-year-old Danitsa King was also cited for child abuse.
It's not clear if all of the other children are hers.
No one came to the door where ABC11 knocked Wednesday However, a few minutes after we arrived, a woman showed up and said she was King's sister.
"The police had said that they were here several hours by theirselves [sic]</i> but I know that they weren't because when my sister had left it was 20 minutes from me getting here," said the woman.
On the warrant filed in the case, police stated that the children were just here for a period of time while the mothers went to work.