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2 young kids found alone in Detroit motel after shooting; 24-year-old mother in custody

Bullet hole found in motel room window

DETROIT – Detroit police were looking for the parents of two young children who were found alone Tuesday morning at Cranbrook Motel on the Lodge Freeway service drive near 8 Mile Road.

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The 24-year-old mother of the children was taken into custody before 5 p.m. and will be charged, police said.

Two toddlers were found alone in a motel room in Detroit. (WDIV)
Two toddlers were found alone in a motel room in Detroit. (WDIV)

Police said the woman was arrested for neglect. A warrant package will be submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for review and charges.

Sources said a man was walking through the parking lot of the motel, heard some people arguing and then heard shots fired. He was hit by gunfire. Police said he is going to survive. 

During the shooting investigation, police found a bullet hole in one of the motel room’s windows. They then found two children -- a 1-year-old girl and a 7-month-old boy -- inside the room alone.

The children were given to the biological father of the 1-year-old girl. He is not the boy's father, but he will care for them both, police said.

A bullet hole was found in a window of motel room where children were found alone March 27, 2018 in Detroit. (WDIV)
A bullet hole was found in a window of motel room where children were found alone March 27, 2018 in Detroit. (WDIV)

Meanwhile, it's unclear what happened at the motel. Police are working to figure out who fired gunshots and why. 

Stay with ClickOnDetroit for updates. 


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