Investigators determined their mother, 22-year-old Angel Henderson, had been gone since about 11 a.m. Henderson did not deny leaving the children and told deputies that she was delayed getting home because her car had been disabled for non-payment of car insurance, according to the report. She told authorities she wasn’t gone for long and had to take a taxi home. But a preliminary investigation found Henderson works until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. It was not clear how often Henderson left the children alone, but a report of the incident said the lock on the bedroom door was installed backward, so that the door locked from the outside.
Monique Corey, Henderson’s friend, said the young mother is a good person in a bad situation.
“She is not a bad mother,” Corey told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She made a bad decision, and it is one that will affect her for a long time. I hate the way things happened, but it is what it is.”
Henderson called people to pick up her children, but officials concluded they were unsuitable for various reasons. The boys were taken by officials from the Division of Family and Children Services.
Henderson is being held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in lieu of $44,400 bond. Her first appearance is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday.