Uptown Couple Charged With Leaving Kids Home Alone For 2 Days

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Uptown neighborhood couple turned themselves into police Tuesday, after allegedly leaving their kids home alone for two days.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the children were 12 and 9, a boy and a girl.

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The 12-year-old boy, according to police, told his teacher on Feb. 23 that their parents went to Las Vegas, leaving them home alone in their residence in the 4800 block of North Winthrop Avenue, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police contacted the boy’s father, who said he would be back on Feb. 25, the Tribune reported. The children were placed in care of an aunt, and their parents, Shanpreta Howard, 34, and Antowain Johnson, 36, were each charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child, the Tribune reported.

Police say Howard and Johnson left the children alone from 6 p.m. Feb. 22 until 4:15 p.m. Feb. 24, the Tribune reported.


The news draws memories of an infamous Chicago area case dating back nearly 20 years, in which a Kane County couple left their two young daughters home alone while they vacationed in Acapulco, Mexico, for eight days in December 1992.

David and Sharon Schoo were charged with felony child abandonment and cruelty to children, and misdemeanor child endangerment, after leaving their daughters, Nicole, 9, and Diana, 4, alone in their home near St. Charles.

In a remark by their attorney, the Schoos were deemed “the most hated couple in America.” They ultimately gave up their parental rights and releasing the girls for adoption.

  • Me

    Huh? At 12 you can babysit and be left home alone. Sounds like bad thinking, not criminal.

    • LYNDIA

      I was all growed up at 12. At least dats whut my Daddy dun told me when we be hasing sex.

      • Just Axin

        Lyndia- Please tell us more….we’re here to listen.

    • loser parent

      Your an idiot!

      • Me

        I’m an idiot for stating the law? Wow….

      • Dilbert McClinton

        Wait…you don’t know how to contract “you are” – something you learn how to do in second grade – and you call someone else an idiot??

    • it is called responsible

      Babyitting for a few hours is a far cry from leacing town for two days and nights. And no, you cannot leave a child under the age of sixteen unattended over night. I do hope you don’t have children, just let the bad blood line die out.

  • Just Axin

    Went to Vegas? They could have stayed here and just played the Ghetto Lottery and gone to Old Country Inn Buffet. I guess we shouldn’t complain as these kids have both parents (surprise:different last names!) in the picture.

    • G-Lep

      They’re gonna be on the cover of April’s Parenting® magazine!!!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      We know what they are simply from their names!!!! LOL !!! Rest assured they are NOT german leprechauns!!!!

      • G-Lep

        Wut’chu talkin ’bout, Willis? I gotta sister named Laqueefeah!!

      • Leroy Goldberg

        Shanpreta and Antowain? Got to be Swedish maybe? LOL!!

  • Dilbert McClinton

    12 years old?? Well, let’s put it into perspective. A few years ago there were some teacher strikes in New Jersey, and a judge threw a bunch of them in jail because the strikes were considered illegal. One by one each of these striking teachers pled a case. One teacher said that she was a divorced mom living alone with two kids and ergo can’t leave her kids alone. The judge said, “How old are the kids?” The older was 13. The judge said, “Good. You can go to jail while the 13-year-old takes care of the younger one.”

  • Leroy Goldberg

    We all know they know how to make those babies….they just don’t know what to do with them after.

    • LYNDIA

      We has the sex then we cash dem checks.

      • Anon

        dem as in Them or as in Democrat? :D

  • G-Lep

    Be sure to check out the “Shanpreta Blessednhighlyfavored Howard” Facebook page! I couldn’t make that up if I tried!!

  • Spookiest spook

    sounds like a plan(et) of the (gr)ape

  • Zera And Cornelius Wanna Bez

    Taylor, we miss you.

  • doug

    ATTENTION BBM -TV. Do you ever look at this stuff? Do you care? Have you ever thought of having two “Comment” sections? My suggestion would be, one for people with normal IQ’s and the other for racists, bigots and other mental defectives. The low lifes could still spew their meaningless drivel from the depths of their ignorance and the rest of of could read the other posts. We can only hope it’s just one person with no self respect, using many bogus names.

    • G-Lep

      Sorry your I.Q. is only “normal.” Mine is, actually, well above “normal”!! It must be straining on your optic nerves (or somehow harmful to your retinas) to read the damn truth. I will now join Yard Ape in inviting you to consummate sodomy with your little self!!

      • G-Lep

        I oughta get paid for this, I’m tellin ya…

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @G-Lep – why you little wordsmith you !!!!!

  • one person with no self respect, using many bogus names

    FUK YOU doug

  • Facebook for Kids

    Please tall us more information about this, but sometime we have to never leave to kids alone.

  • Dylan

    Another case of loser parents. Where are you Jesse Jackson? What no cameras?

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