PELHAM, N.Y. Pelham police investigated the welfare of two children Thursday after their principal called to say they had not been to school all week.
The principal told police that the children had not been in school for four days and had not really been seen since the Thanksgiving break, according to the police report. The principal had left messages with the family.
Police then went to the home and spoke to the mother in the doorway. She told officers she had no food at home and could not provide her children with snacks or lunch food for school.
Officers saw the children playing and they seemed to be okay, according to the police report. The mother told police that she was in the midst of some hard times and needed help, even though she had told others about her problems.
Police detected an odor of marijuana and contacted the desk at headquarters. Backup arrived, and one officer interviewed the mother while others watched the children.
The children had dirty clothes and unkempt hair, according to the police report. Furniture was overturned, couch cushions without covers were on the floor, food and food stains were scattered on the floor, garbage was thrown about and clothing and other items littered the floor.
Police noticed that the mother seemed to have recently purchased two or three bags of food. The alleged odor of marijuana had also faded.
Officers told the woman that the school can assist her and gave her the necessary information. The mother said she would send her children back to school on Monday.
Police called the school and told the principal that the children would be back on Monday. The principal said they could return Friday.
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