The Augusta Chronicle reports that Florida mom Rhiannon Gentry abandoned three children at a 24-hour Waffle House, so that she could go booze it up at the classily-named bar Wild Wings Cafe across the street.
Two of the children were 12, one was 11. Police were summoned to the Waffle House after other diners began complaining that they could hear children crying in the parking lot.
A Waffle House waitress told cops that Ms. Gentry left her kids alone for an hour and a half, with money to order food and beverages. When the kids realized they didn't have enough money to pay for their meal and mom was nowhere to be found, they started crying. Gentry didn't return to check on them.
The Augusta, Georgia Waffle House location where this sad story went down has great reviews, and looks like a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal with your kids. Or, you know, abandon them to go drinking.
Gentry, 38, of Dade City, Fla., returned to Waffle House and found police with the children. Gentry told police she left the children to go to Wild Wings to pay for drinks she had had earlier. She said she had not been gone long.
Two of the chidren were Ms. Gentry's, and the other belonged to a woman she'd met earlier at a nearby hotel: "The mother told police she met Gentry and her children earlier that day at the hotel pool and had allowed her daughter to go eat with the children, but was not aware they would be unsupervised."
Georgia police arrested Gentry. She is charged with three accounts of deprivation of a minor.
A quick google reveals that this isn't her first time at the boozy rodeo. Alcohol is a hell of a drug, and hopefully she finds her way to some help.
[source: Augusta Chronicle]