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KNOX COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) KSP says that a woman was arrested after leaving her six children home alone inside a residence without food for several hours.

KSP responded to the home on Peppermill Lane in Knox County on Tuesday.

Their preliminary investigation indicates that Mary Meek, 38, of Gray left her six kids alone inside their residence without food for several hours. The children range from a 13-year-old to seven-month-old. The children stated they went to a neighbor’s house to ask for food.

"Neighbors, along with other witnesses in the area, they know these kids are home alone and have seen them home alone for several hours throughout the days," said Trooper Shane Jacobs with KSP. 

When troopers arrived at the home, they discovered illegal drugs, including Xanax under Meek's mattress. There was no food in the home. State Police also say that marijuana was found in the room, as well as a pipe. 

"The mother even put the blame on her 17-year-old son, who doesn't even live at the home, put the blame of the drugs on him," said Trooper Jacobs. 

Knox County social services were contacted and responded to assist with the children. All six kids were removed from the residence and placed with another family member.

Meek was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree, drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. She was lodged into the Knox County Detention Center.

In November 2014, police in Madison County say that Meek left four children home alone, unbathed, with nothing to eat but moldy food and Halloween candy. At that time, her children were taken by Social Services. 

"It's just a horrible and a sad situation. We wanna make sure that we're out here taking care of these kids," said Jacobs. 

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