Parents Arrested For Leaving Four Kids Home Alone

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (STMW) – Two northwest suburban parents were charged Thursday with leaving their four young children home alone while they went to work.

The children, who ranged in age from 2 to 8, did not show up for school on Thursday. When school officials went to their home at 11416 U.S. Route 14 in unincorporated Harvard, they found the children unsupervised, according to McHenry County Sheriff’s Lt. James Popovits.

The parents — Francisco Nova, 46, and Eva Nova, 44 — were arrested and charged with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the health of a child, a release from the sheriff’s office said.

The children were taken into state custody, and the Dept. of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of neglect against the parents, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said.

The agency has had prior contact with the family based on allegations of neglect against the father, Whitelow said.

The Novas were still in custody as of Friday evening, Popovits said. They were held on $1,500 bond each.

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  • A Dianne Brainard Boyer

    I JUST do not believe people anymore..come had the children NOW take care of them

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  • NoExcuses

    Think about all the other people that do this and the schools or people just don’t check up on it! They are not just a Tax incentive people – if you could do the deed and have them then figure out a way to take care of them. Like one work nights one work days…no excuses when it comes to the lives of children!

  • Krystle

    Wow..why is it that those who make racist posts cant seem to spell?? Instead of concerning yourself with the ethnicity of others you should concentrate on becoming less of an ignorant, near illiterate waste of oxygen. And even if these people are hispanic, it doesnt mean that cacausian parents dont neglect and abuse children. I know it must be hard for you to wrap your tiny aryan brain around, but any evil imaginable that is carried out in our society, occurs across all ethnicities and socioeconomic groups. Now I know that the view from your trailer park must be limited, but you really should consider that your narrow views limit your capability to evolve into someone with traits worth passing on to the next generation.

    • Anglo-Saxon

      I agree with Russ, typical stupid Mexicans. And the trailer park comment was certainly not called for. Try and be nice.

  • Krystle

    Anglo Saxon,
    You must live in the same trailer park as Russ, so if I offended you and your close knit [ ilifenbred ] family. Since you are not native american, I assume that your ancsestors emigrated here at some point and realize how hard that must have been to cross the atlantic, such an effort to come here for a better life!! Only to spawn such an ignorant waste of space as yourself, how tragic to think of all their sacrifice wasted. Oh and by the way , I know you may have a hard time grasping this since the inbreeding necessary to maintain your precious anglo lineage tends to affect your intellect; not all hispanics are mexican. Believe it or not, there is a huge continent called south america! And wouldn’t you know it , its a country made up of people that are hispanic, but are NOT mexicans … mind blowing, I know. Anyhow you shouldnt worry so much about hispanics when your own anglo copatriots are plauged with so many challenges like sewing their sheets into cool outfits, training their offspring to collect welfare, and spouting their racial superiority…when most of them couldnt find europe on a map..

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