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Mom Accused of Leaving Children Alone at Mall

By: Brooks Jarosz, Amanda Barren Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Amanda Barren Email

There are several options for busy parents to drop off their children at a safe location for a short time. We've compiled this list of local places that offer programs for children that could help when you're in a tight spot:

Christ Temple Church

2400 Johnstown Rd. Huntington, W.Va. 25701

Sunday June 9 – Thursday June 14

6 to 9 p.m.

  

New Life Church

1101 Cedar Crest Dr. Huntington, W.Va. 25705

Monday June 17 – Wednesday June 19

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  

            Fairview Baptist Church

2040 Main St. WW Ashland, Ky. 41102

Monday June 10 – Friday June 14

6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

            Cabell County Public Library

455 9th Street Plaza, Huntington, WV 25701

Times vary throughout the week

 

For additional information on the events and times, you can visit their website:
Cabell County Public Library

UPDATE 6/10/13
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A trip to the mall landed a mother in jail on child neglect charges.

Barboursville Police arrested Penny Kondan, 30, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Friday evening after they say she left two young children alone in the play center at the Huntington Mall while she went shopping.

One of the children belonged to her. The other was a friend's child.

The children are ages 3 and 8.

According to the criminal complaint, the children were first noticed at 3:30 p.m. Police say Kondan returned for the children just before 5:30 p.m.

Kondan is charged with two counts of child neglect creating risk of injury.

According to Barboursville Police Chief Mike Coffey, the children are now in the care of Child Protective Services.

Kondan remains in the Western Regional jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Huntington Mall Marketing Director Margi MacDuff says the Cabell-Huntington Children's play area is meant to be a family experience about active lifestyles and making healthy choices.

"We have benches and couches all around as a way for parents to sit down and relax," she explained. "This is not a babysitter, this is a place for families to have something fun to do with their children."

The rules outside the play area explain what is expected of people who use the play area.

Parents in the play area Monday tell WSAZ.com that it is easier to shop without children, but not worth the risk.

There are free and low-cost options for mom and dad to get a break. The library is a great start. Keep in mind it is not a babysitting service check with your local library to see what rules apply.

At Cabell County Libraries, mom and dad can leave during story hour or other activities. They must be back as soon as the activity is over.



ORIGINAL STORY
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A trip to the mall landed one mother in jail on child neglect charges.

Barboursville Police arrested Penny Kondan, 30, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Friday evening after they say she left her two young children alone in the play center at the Huntington Mall while she went shopping.

The children are ages three and eight.

According to the criminal complaint, the children were first noticed at 3:30 p.m. Police say Kondan returned for the children just before 5:30 p.m.

Kondan is charged with two counts of child neglect creating risk of injury.

Kondan remains in the Western Regional jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.


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