Irvington Police discover 2 small children home alone

Three children are in the custody of Division of Youth and Family Services officials after police discovered two of the kids were left home alone this morning in Irvington.

Irvington police officers found one of the children, a 4-year-old boy, wandering the streets near the corner of Stuyvesant and Clinton avenues.

The boy led Irvington police officers Tawine Kirkland and Quetin Rainey to his apartment. The officers discovered the boy's sister, an 11-month-old girl that had been left home alone. The 8-year-old brother of the two children was found at a neighbor's home.

The mother has been identified as Marie Melendez. Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith said it appeared that Melendez was working overnight and had expected to be home by 7 a.m.

Melendez is facing two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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