PITTSBURGH - A mother is facing 11 counts of child endangerment after police said she threatened her 13-year-old daughter and left 10 children home alone.
According to the criminal complaint, Myose Hardy, 40, left the children, ages 2 to 12, alone in a North Side home two separate times while she was at a bar Saturday.
Police said they responded to the home on Marshall Avenue after reports of a fight between Hardy and her daughter.
When officers arrived, investigators said Hardy met them on the steps and told them, "Y'all better take her or I'm going to hurt her and I won't know when to stop."
Police said the girl told them that she was afraid of her mother and she wanted to go to her legal guardian's home.
Hardy spoke to Channel 11 News on Monday. She said she called 911 after her daughter threw a crate at her. After the incident, Hardy said she went for a short walk to cool off.
Hardy claims that her 12-year-old daughter was watching two children and the other children were with her.
Investigators said after taking the 13-year-old girl to the guardian's house in the Hill District, they returned to the home to check on the other children. Officers said that's when they found 10 children under 12 years old, as well as a bag of cocaine on a living room table.
Hardy said the bag was actually filled with Gold Bond Medicated Powder.
"She threw something at me. I'm the one who called 911. Why would I call 911 and have cocaine sitting on my table?" Hardy said.
In addition to the child endangerment charges, Hardy faces possession of a controlled substance charges.
Officials said Hardy has also been arrested multiple times in the past for failing to comply with the state’s compulsory school attendance laws.
The family who is caring for the children told Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski that Hardy has been an ongoing problem.
Children Youth and Family services continues investigating the situation.