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Mother arraigned on child abuse charges after 2 young kids found alone in Detroit motel

Bullet hole found in motel room window

DETROIT – A mother facing child abuse charges was arraigned Thursday morning after her two young children were found alone at a motel in Detroit.

Michele Penick, 24, was charged with two counts of second-degree child abuse.

The two children -- a 1-year-old girl and a 7-month-old boy -- were found Tuesday at the Cranbrook Motel on the Lodge Freeway service drive near 8 Mile Road.

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

Police were investigating a shooting that occurred in front of the motel when they noticed a bullet hole in a window of a motel room. Officers did a well-being check of the room and found the children unsupervised.

Authorities allege Penick left the children alone at about 1 a.m. She was taken into custody just before 5 p.m.

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. 

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

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.

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

Bond was set at $150,000, cash or surety. She is not to have contact with the children.

Stay with Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit for updates. 


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