Child endangerment arrest in Coffee County

Published 07/25 2014 05:19PM

Updated 07/30 2014 12:11PM

Shirley Windham received two knocks on her door, the first from her neighbor's babysitter around 12:30 p.m.

"The lady came to the door and asked if I could give her a ride to the nearest store, and I told her that I couldn't because I had my grandchildren and my mother-in-law," Windham said.  "Someone else knocks on the door, and it's the little six-year-old girl from next door and said her babysitter had left them by themselves.  And it was her and her little sister and her baby brother."

A frightened six-year-old, five-year-old and a nine-month-old were left alone in a bathtub with snacks in a home on County Road 547.  Their mother was contacted and called the police when she arrived at the home.  She also discovered some of her jewelry and other items were missing.

“We have talked with the family.  Not much was said, except for the fact she trusted the lady.  She had been with them a year, and they don't understand why she did what she did," said Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton.

He also says they received a call about a suspicious woman walking in the neighborhood around 12:30.  But no arrest was made at that time, because she had not committed any crime.  But in a twist of fate, he says Krystallyn Mary Hussey was given a ride by a sheriff's deputy to Wal-Mart, where she would commit her next crime.

"Later on, she was arrested by Enterprise Police Department for shoplifting,” Sutton said.  “And when they made the arrest, she still had the items on her person.  If fact, she was wearing the lady's shoes on her feet."

She's now in custody at the Coffee County Jail.

"I believe in taking care of the children, the elderly, and taking care of family members,” said Sutton.  “And when it comes up about a child endangered, whether it’s a drug case or this type of case, we deal with it with a priority."

The Department of Human Resources (DHR) is also investigating the case, and neighbors are calling the six-year-old a hero.

Hussey is charged with criminal trespass, theft of property, and three counts of child endangerment.

Law enforcement recommends doing a background check on anyone watching your children if you don't know them.

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