BRISTOW, Va. (WJLA) - The tee-ball set and bike with training wheels left on the front porch tell us that a child lives in this Bristow, Virginia house.
But for now, the four-year-old boy who called this place home is staying with relatives elsewhere after police arrested his mother – Love Sonia Polanco Franklin – for felony child neglect.
According to police, the four-year-old called 911 on Wednesday morning to say he was hungry. When officers arrived, they say the house was a mess and that the child’s mother was nowhere to be found.
They allege she left him hungry and alone along Frank Haskell Court in Prince William County, and now neighbors are stunned.
"That's a little bizarre, you don't ever expect a four-year-old to be left alone or any child," said Joe Anelli.
Melanie Kynard has lived across the street from Franklin for a couple of years:
"I was surprised. I'm shocked. And it's a really bad situation. So we'll be praying for the family and hopefully the child will be placed somewhere safe."
Police won’t say how long the child was alone for or where Franklin had gone, but they say it wasn’t for any type of emergency.
According to her LinkedIn page, Franklin worked as a student teacher in two local school districts, and was hoping one day to write a children’s book.