Police called the mother and within 30 minutes she arrived. She told investigators that she leaves for work at 6:15 a.m. daily, WXIX reported. She said she left the children in the care of Jarad Elsen, who works overnight and had previously watched them without incident.
As the mother was talking with officers, Elsen called. He went to the police station and told officers that the children awoke at 4 a.m. and were with him until 9 a.m. when they all went back to sleep, WXIX reported.
Elsen told police he left around 10 a.m. to get cigarettes, went back home, then left 10 minutes later to go to a nearby casino, WXIX reported.
Elsen was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal confinement and neglect of a dependent, WXIX reported.
The children were placed back into their mother’s custody.