"I thought he was going to be here today," she told the judge.
Roberts was looking for her son -- the same child who authorities are accusing her of neglecting.
This Wake Forest woman just went before a judge. Authorities accused her of neglecting a 7-year-old boy in her care. The DA says the child was found wandering the streets with severe burns. The boy was rushed by EMS to the Burn Center for care. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/RSXjKnp42m— Elaina Athans (@AthansABC11) June 26, 2019
Officials said the boy is nursing second- or third-degree burns.
Roberts, 30, of Wake Forest, has been charged with negligent child abuse.
"A third party found a 7-year-old wandering with a serious burn injury," a prosecutor said in court.
Police said the discovery was made last week and the child told officers he hurt himself making a meal in the microwave.
When Roberts was questioned about this, she allegedly told investigators that she was trying to treat the injury at home.
The boy was sent to the UNC Burn Center.
Child Protective Services is involved in the case.
The judge lowered her bond slightly, and Roberts remains behind bars at the Wake County Jail.