Woman arrested for leaving kids at home while going 100 miles to Holiday World

Posted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

West Terre Haute Police say Tonya Smith was arrested after she left her 7 and 10-year-old children home alone, and made the 100-mile trip to Holiday World with her boyfriend.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11:58 AM

That's not a woman...that's a man, baby! :)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:03 PM

I believe it was "that's a man, man."

Odd how I don't think either of the two things independently would have triggered a response: raising your kids in a filthy house or leaving your kids by themselves for a day while you went somewhere, but the combination suddenly makes news.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:05 PM
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:05 PM

Wow. Someone has a Voyage problem.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:09 PM

OK Tonya, come clean, what's your handle here on CoasterBuzz? :)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:11 PM

Woah. Pebbles' hairdo, and Bam Bam's facial features!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:12 PM

I'm still trying to take in the "with her boyfriend" part after seeing that mug shot. Yeah, I'm gonna be that mean douchebag, but only because she's worse for leaving her kids. (/me does Home Alone face)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:42 PM

Uh huh, because a 7, 10, and 12 year old would have nothing to do at Holiday World.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:11 PM

Were none of y'all ever left home alone when you were 12? Or 10? 7 might be pushing it without other kids, but I could still conceive of it.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:15 PM

I think the bigger problem might have been the filth, rats, and lice.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:16 PM

That's disgusting! I'm sorry you had to grow up with that, Johnathon. ;)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:23 PM

Bahaha!

Seriously, I was left alone by my parents at those ages, BUT I had a grandmother and aunt and uncle within easy access, and my parents never left me alone all day.

And we didn't have filth, rats, or lice to deal with.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:23 PM

I'm not the greatest parent in the world, but I'm glad there are people like this to make me look like I am.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:57 PM

I suppose if the house is rat-infested then they weren't exactly left home alone...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:00 PM

ApolloAndy said: Were none of y'all ever left home alone when you were 12? Or 10?

Yes, so mom could run a quick errand to the store or pick up...neither of which were 100 miles away.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:05 PM

I would expect nothing less from a Hautian. But in her defense, the kids probably weren't finished making their batch of meth in time to go.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:48 PM

Hey, hey -- this is about Holiday World. Leave CLP out of it. ;)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:51 PM

Carrie M. said:
I suppose if the house is rat-infested then they weren't exactly left home alone...

Since the kids are neither ninjas nor turtles, I don't think the rats make a suitable guardian.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:02 PM

^If this is an example of her parenting skills, a rat would be a suitable guardian.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:06 PM

I would be home alone while my mom would be in Kansas City for work related trips when I was around that age. Of course, my aunt and uncle, and best friend were both a few blocks away, which is where I spent most of my time anyway. I had the option of getting on/off the school bus at either place, and would usually just go home to play on the computer (EchoQuest rocked!) or read a book. Some of those nights I actually slept at home, but I usually just walked back to my aunt and uncle's place for the night.

Ok, enough of the memory lane trip. lol

Given the evident state of their living situation, though, I can understand some of the concern of being left alone with the parent 100 miles away and no apparent "guardians" for them.

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