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Police: Akron woman leaves children at home alone while she went to visit boyfriend in Mississippi

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Posted at 10:48 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 23:28:44-04

An Akron woman is facing charges after she left her three children alone for several days so she could go visit her boyfriend in another state. 

Nicole Thigpen was charged with three counts of endangering children after she went to Mississippi to visit her boyfriend, leaving her three children ages 13, 11 and 8 alone at home by themselves March 25, according to an Akron police incident report. 

Officers were called to the home on Albrecht Avenue by child services to conduct a welfare check. The children told police Thigpen, 32, had gone to visit her boyfriend and this was not the first time they had been left alone. 

No adults checked on the children. 

An officer called Thigpen, who was in Tennesse and on her way back home. She told the officer she needed to go to Georgia to visit her sister who was in ICU, but she was in Tennessee and on her way home. 

Thigpen said she left and that several adults had been by the house to check on the children. 

At some point, Thigpen's sister and boyfriend arrived at the home. Thigpen's sister told police her sister has battled with drug addiction and has had her kids taken away from her because of it, the report said. 

Thigpen also told her sister to lie to police and say she had been at the home to check on the kids, and to remove a plastic bag that on her bedroom dresser. 

Officers later discovered the plastic bag, which contained white powder residue inside.