A woman in Virginia was charged with child neglect after allegedly letting her three children sleep on her kitchen countertop overnight and then feeding them microwaves and a stainless steel refrigerator.
The incident happened in May 2017 in the home of Maria Dejesus, who has two older children aged between seven and 11.
Dejosus, 30, said she had never seen the fridge in use before and was surprised to find it in her daughter’s bedroom.
She said she was “disappointed” and that she would have been better served by just cleaning the fridge.
Dejosuses daughter told investigators she found the fridge covered in plastic and had to take it to a friend’s house to have it replaced.
The Virginia State Police said Dejoses four-year-old daughter had been sleeping on the kitchen counter for several hours when the incident occurred.
She was “trying to sleep” and Dejias youngest child was asleep in the other room, but she was still on the countertop.
When Dejoes son arrived at school a short time later, he found the kitchen was covered in garbage and the fridge had been stolen.
Dejarus told police that the refrigerator was the size of a large kitchen sink and had a plastic cover on it.
She told investigators that the children had been asleep for several days and her youngest daughter was “sitting on the refrigerator and was crying because she couldn’t see”.
When Dejarus’s oldest daughter went to school to show the children, the children were still asleep.
Dejaros son said he asked the children “where the fridge is”, to which the children responded, “in my room”.
When the eldest child came home from school and asked Dejasus why she had left the fridge on the floor, Dejaris replied, “I didn’t want to be the one to break it.”
Dejaris said that after the children returned from school, Dejisus began to “be very upset”.
She said Dejaras youngest daughter had “nakedly” slept on the top of the refrigerator “without my knowledge or consent”.
Dejaras eldest daughter was charged on Monday with two counts of child neglect, according to WTVR, a local television station.
Police said Dejcuses three other children aged five to 10 slept on her countertops and on her bed in the house.
DeJaris’ youngest child, who was asleep on the bed, also had been “sleeping in her bed for several nights”.
Dejars husband, John, was the only one in the household that Dejaisus was not living with.