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2 arrested after neighbor found 4 children home alone

By Juliana Valencia
Published On: Apr 30 2014 05:26:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 01 2014 07:41:09 PM CDT
ONSLOW COUNTY -

NewsChannel 12 has learned new details about two Onslow County women accused of leaving their young children home alone for eight-plus hours, including how a neighbor found out.

According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Juliana Paramo and 25-year-old Tiavonda Norwood left their four young children alone in their home on Dion Drive near Hubert for more than eight hours, from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Warrants state that three of the kids (a 1-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old) are Norwood's children. The fourth child (another 1-year-old) is Paramo's.

Their neighbor, Tapria McDuffy, is the person who called deputies.

McDuffy said it all started when her son went to the suspects' home to see if Norwood's 7-year-old daughter would be walking to the school bus with him Wednesday morning.

But McDuffy said when her son returned, he told her that his 7-year-old friend couldn't go to school because she had to watch over the three other kids.

"She was crying and she said she was there by herself," said McDuffy's son, Kya'Diar.

McDuffy said she then went to check the suspects' home herself.

"You could smell the stench just walking through the door. All you saw was one baby in one crib, and one baby in the other. One was naked with poop and pee all over her, and the other one had on a Pamper and it was disgusting," McDuffy recalled.

The Onslow County Department of Social Services has removed all four children from the home.

Deputies did not explain why the suspects allegedly left their children home alone. But McDuffy said she believed the two went to see their boyfriends.

NewsChannel 12 went to the suspects' residence Thursday, but the people inside declined an interview.

Another neighbor, Kori White, told NewsChannel 12 this is the first time she's heard of the children being home alone.

Well, I don't know much about them. But they're always home. Their kids are always outside playing-- well taken care of, the kids," White said. "I've never heard of them throwing parties, but there are usually a lot of people there."

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Two Onslow County mothers are accused of leaving their four young children, including two 1-year-olds, alone in a home for more than eight hours.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office arrested 25-year-old Tiavonda Norwood and 21-year-old Juliana Paramo, both of Hubert.

Investigators said Norwood and Paramo left their four children (two 1-year-olds, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old) alone in their home on Dion Drive near Hubert for more than eight hours, from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The children have since been removed from the home by the Onslow County Department of Social Services.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Norwood has been charged with three counts of child abuse and three counts of contributing to a delinquency of a juvenile. She was issued a $4,500 bond.

Paramo has been charged with one count of child abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. She was given a $1,500 bond.