Police: Woman left daughter in park, drove to Winston-Salem

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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SALISBURY, N.C. —

A woman was arrested after her 10-year-old daughter was found in a park, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

Josephine Bombo is facing neglect charges after police said her daughter was left in a public park while Bombo went to Winston-Salem.

A woman said she was the little girl in a park crying. She spoke to the girl who told her that her mother left her at the park and drove to Winston-Salem.

The girl, who was found around 5 p.m. Wednesday, told neighbors her mother left her earlier that afternoon with no food and vowed to spank her if she went inside the house.

One neighbor called police.  They tracked down Bombo to question her and say she justified her actions -- saying  she didn't leave the child alone -- but in the park with other little kids.

A sign in the park clearly states "adult supervision required." 

Investigators said she returned from Winston-Salem a short time later and they arrested her for neglect.

DSS released the 10-year-old girl in the custody of a neighbor. The neighbor said this is not the first time something like this has happened.