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Published May 14, 2013, 11:56 AM

Bismarck woman faces child neglect charge

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman faces a felony child neglect charge after authorities who responded to a report of smoke in her apartment say they found four children home alone.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman faces a felony child neglect charge after authorities who responded to a report of smoke in her apartment say they found four children home alone.

The Bismarck Tribune reports bond has been set at $2,000 for 30-year-old Viola Grinnell. Court documents don't list an attorney for her, and a home telephone listing couldn't be found.

Emergency officials who responded to Grinnell's apartment shortly before midnight Saturday say they found the children, ranging in age from 2 to 10, and a large amount of smoke. They determined that the smoke was coming from burned pot holders in the oven and a stove burner that had been left on.

Authorities say Grinnell told them a baby sitter she had arranged for before she left didn't show up.

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