Father Jailed for Leaving Young Child and Baby Alone

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(Memphis) A Memphis father is in jail accused of leaving his 5-month-old and 5-year-old daughters at home alone, and their mother doesn’t see a problem with it either.

Decarlos Sampson hadn’t been caught for breaking traffic laws police may have never known about his children being left in danger.

Sampson is charged with child abuse and neglect along with obstruction of a highway and resisting arrest.

His babies’ mother says this is all just a big misunderstanding, but critics say the only misunderstanding is their ability to parent.

“He was just doing me a favor and it went bad. That's all,” said the children’s mother Jamesha Banzant.

Banzant says the girls are OK and defends the their father's decision to leave them at home with no adult supervision while he went to the store down the street.

“He just ran to the store real quick, and he didn't expect anything to happen before he got back,” said Banzant.

According to Memphis Police, Sampson was running in and out of traffic at Lamar and Kimball, so police stopped him because he nearly caused two wrecks.

The report says Sampson tried to run from police and it took 6 officers to restrain and arrest him.

While in the back of the squad car he told police his young daughters were at home alone and he was just trying to get a cigarette and go back home to them.

Then Sampson had a seizure.

The apartment manager says once Sampson finishes with police he's going to have to deal with them.

“If some type of way this violates our housing or lease rules we will address it from our end, because most definitely we are concerned about the safety of the children on the property,” said Pendleton Place Apartment Manager Shante Cunningham.

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