The front door was open, but a large piece of plywood and two children’s bicycles were blocking the doorway, Charles told police. Each of the apartment’s three bedroom doors was locked, she said.
Investigators said Ferris told them that she was on her way home from work, but she later said she left the children at the apartment while she went to Margarita Fest with friends.
“I would never leave my niece to go to Wall Street. That's ridiculous,” neighbor Aleysa Bradle said. “Especially at nighttime, you know? What if something would've happened to those kids?”