"It was devastating, for the neighbors to all come out and see that there are seven to eight police cars, and DHR to come up, and them trying to seek for someone to care for these babies. And the only thing the mom could do is sit in the back of a police car, handcuffed,” said neighbor Andreta Freeman.
Police received a call about four children, ranging in age from five months to five years, left alone in a home on Fountain Street. Officers say they found the unsupervised children and marijuana residue.
“One of the kids asked to go to the bathroom, and that's when the motherly nature in me stepped in,” Freeman said.
Freeman said she then fed the children, including the five month old infant.
“Ultimately, the welfare of the children are what we're looking at, and once we establish that the children were there, the conditions they were in, and the fact that we needed to call DHR, that's just the progression that we took on,” said Dothan Police Sargeant Maurice Eggleston.
Curtis Poland recently hired 29-year-old Lisa Ann Buford to work on his chicken farm and knew about her situation. He says she turned down his offer to stay at one of his homes.
“I offered, but they didn't want to be away from the area, I guess. But, that's about all my involvement with her, and she worked very hard, was a nice lady, and so I would hire her again, if she was available,” Poland said.
The Department of Human Resources (DHR) has taken custody of the children for now.
“To our community, to our neighbors, we've got to look out for one another, we've got to be there for one another. Yeah, we may not all get along everyday, but that 'love thou neighbor" is a commandment. And we have got to do better,” said Freeman.
Neighbors say Buford does not live at the home where the children were found. She was charged with four counts of chemical endangerment of a child. Her bond amounts total $60,000.00, and no court date has been set at this time.